For your consideration, a rare pastel drawing by the San Francisco Bay Area modernist, Muriel Coleman (1917-2003). The 1963 work is entitled “Fallen Cypress, Mendocino” and is noteworthy for its dynamic composition, vibrant color palette, and expert draftsmanship. The drawing measures 11 ¾” x 8 ¼” and is in its original 16” x 14” frame. The work is in excellent condition with no stains, creases, or foxing, and is signed and dated, with artist notations on the verso. Muriel Coleman was an award-winning artist and designer during the 1940s and 1950s. A member of what has come to be called the Pacific Design Group, along with Luther Conover, Van Keppel Green and others, her designs in wood and wrought iron for California Contemporary Inc. have won a cult following among collectors and institutions. She painted watercolors in a California regionalist style reminiscent of Barse Miller, Lee Blair, Phil Dyke, Harold Gretzner, and others. And for the most part these have not been shown publicly for 40 years. During her lifetime Coleman exhibited at the Laurel Gallery in New York City, the National Academy of Design and the National Association of Women Artists. She also exhibited at the Oakland Museum with the likes of Society of Six painter, Maurice Logan. She was president of the East Bay Artists Association, where she exhibited, and was a board member of the Oakland Museum. She received her MFA degree from Columbia University in 1936.
Rare Pastel Drawing by Muriel Coleman, Bay Area Modernist