For your consideration, an oil on canvas (canvas on board) painting by Thelma Hansen (1911-1995). This subject is a clown (Emmet Kelly) balancing on a high wire. The work is noteworthy for its expert paint handling, dynamic composition, and over-all modernist aesthetics. The color palette has a bright yet subdued quality in which rich earth tones predominate. The work is in excellent vintage condition (with wear to the paint to the artist signature) and measures 20” x16” in its original 22” x 18” frame. The painting is signed “Thelma Hansen” and is most probably circa 1950-65. A wonderful addition to your mid-century modern décor, full of vitality and energy!
Born in British Columbia on Feb. 7, 1911. Hansen studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and with Thomas Hart Benton during the early 1930s. After coming to California, she had further study at the College of the Pacific, Pescadero Summer School of Art, Peninsula Arts & Crafts, and with Rene Weaver, Peter Blos, Thomas Leighton, and Richard Yip. She spent most of her career in San Francisco with a studio on Russian Hill where she taught art. Called “Hats” by her friends, she was always seen wearing fanciful headwear. During her long career, she was the shipboard artist who drew passengers on the Matson Line ships Matsonia and Lurline. She also was the originator of the outdoor art shows in Golden Gate Park. Hansen died in San Francisco at Laguna Honda Hospital on May 7, 1995. Member: SWA; SF Artists Guild.
Mid Century Clown Painting by Thelma Hansen