A circa early 1920's, Mexican Village Street Scene, Original Watercolor Illustration. With the ocean in the background, this lovely piece is signed in the lower left corner. The name Lucretia is very clear but the last name is difficult to make out. Attributed to early work of the artist Lucretia LeBourgeois Van Horn 1882-1970, it measures approximately five inches by eight inches. It is framed, but could use new matting the art work is in excellent antique condition.
Lucretia Van Horn, first as a book illustrator, then as Modernist, Cubist, Surrealist, in the Art Deco style this painter focused on the lives of Mexican women. Born in St. Louis, Van Horn began her art studies in 1897 at the Art Students' League in New York, and traveled to Paris in 1902. She was the first woman student to be awarded Academie Julian's Concours Julian-Smith Prize. Married in 1908 to Robert Van Horn, a military aide to President Theodore Roosevelt. After WWI, Van Horn worked on several murals with Diego Rivera.