For your consideration, a watercolor by the noted California artist Kay Works (1904-1998). The painting, most probably circa 1960-1975, is of a rustic room featuring a pot-bellied stove (the interior of a farm house near Marshal, California), and measures 26" x 21 ½". The work is noteworthy for its formal modernist aesthetics and impeccable draftsmanship. The color palette is strong; with a rich tonality and saturated colors that are coolly muted. The work is highly symmetrical and projects strong American social realist aesthetics. It is in excellent condition with no stains, foxing, discoloration, tears, or repairs. This wonderfully expressive, yet highly rational work, signed "KW", those initials seen in the carpet that is alongside the pot-bellied stove. Further notation, in the artist's hand, is written on the works reverse.
A painter, printmaker, and muralist, Kay was born on August 18, 1904 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Kay Swan studied art at the Art Students League in New York City under Bridgman, Benton, and Kuhn. While in New York she met artist Donald Works whom she wed in 1928. The couple moved to San Francisco and established a studio on Montgomery Street. She was active in the local art scene until 1933 when she moved across the bay to Marin County. The years 1933-49 were spent raising a family except for a mural in the Woodland (CA) Post Office which she did for the Treasury Art Project in 1938. After 1949 she exhibited in the San Francisco Bay area and won many awards. Mrs. Works died at her home in Corte Madera, California on August 13, 1998.
Marin Society of Artists (past pres.); Marin Arts Guild; SFAA; Artists Equity; SF Women Artists; East Bay WC Society, Marin County WC Society.
Marin General Hospital, Children's Ward (mural)
Artist: Kay Works (American, 1904-1998)
Title: "House Near Marshall"
Signed: signed, notated in ink on reverse in artist hand
Dated; not dated (most probably c.1960- 1975)
Notated: with artist name and address in artist's hand
Size: 19" x 15",
Frame: 26" x 21 ½"original frame
Condition: Excellent condition
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