For your consideration, a watercolor and ink on paper painting by the noted American painter Dorr Hodgson Bothwell (1902-2000). The subject of the painting is a Northern Californian redwood forest rendered in a modernist palette of turquoise gray-blue, ochre, earth browns, and blacks. The circa 1964 work is in excellent condition and measures 13” x 10”, framed 18 ½” x 16”. Signed “Bothwell ’64 ”, provenance, private collection, Fort Bragg, CA.
Doris Hodgson Bothwell was born in San Francisco, CA on May 3, 1902. In 1921 she returned to San Francisco to study at the California School of Fine Arts and the Schaeffer School of Design, and continued at the University of Oregon. A trip to Samoa in 1928 inspired much of her future subject matter.
During the 1930s she was briefly married to sculptor Donald Hord. After teaching at the Parsons School of Design in NYC, she further studied in Paris. During the 1940s and 1950s she taught at the California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco). The latter part of her life was spent on the northern coast where she taught at the Mendocino Art Center. She died in Fort Bragg, California on Sept. 24, 2000.
Exhibitions: San Francisco Art Association, 1925-57; Modern Gallery (SF), 1927; San Diego Art Guild, 1927, 1933; SF Women Artists, 1929, 1942; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1934; Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-40, 1939; Riverside AA, 1941; De Young Museum, 1958 (solo).
Collections: Metropolitan Museum; San Francisco Museum of (Modern) Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Diego Museum; Santa Barbara Museum; Museum of Modern Art (New York City); Crocker Museum (Sacramento); California Palace of the Legion of Honor; Whitney Museum (NYC); Victoria & Albert Museum (London); Brooklyn Museum; Manning Coffee Co., SF (mural, 1939).
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