For your consideration, an oil on canvas board portrait by the listed Carmel California artist Margaret Wherry Ziegler (1909-1989). This mid century work is noteworthy for the unusual juxtaposition of a classic Martha Graham modernist dancer holding an ostrich plume. The composition displays cubist influenced gray and brown rectangles, with a central blue-black shape as a container for the figure. The oil on board work measures 12” x 9” and is in its original 16” x 13” frame. The work is identified with the artist’s signature “M. Ziegler, and noted on the verso “For Auction”. In excellent vintage condition, with one small pigment blemish (see photo).
Margaret Wherry Ziegler was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 27, 1909. At a young age she traveled with her parents to the Philippines, Japan, India, Italy, Greece, and Europe. She studied art at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Minneapolis Art Institute, the University of the Philippines, and the California College of Arts and Crafts. While in Japan she studied Japanese brush painting. During her career she exhibited widely on the Monterey Peninsula and was an award winner in many venues. In 1933 she married James Ziegler in Yokohama, Japan. During World War II she spent time teaching children in the Michigan Public School system. She moved with her husband and two children to Carmel Valley (on the Monterey Peninsula) in 1956. In 1958 she became an Artist Member of the prestigious Carmel Art Association. She was a member until her death March 14, 1989 in Carmel.
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