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    Sale 2068

    California, Western And American Paintings, Drawings And Sculpture

    30 April 2008, Beverly Hills

  • Lot 65

    Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985)

    Flower Sellers

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    Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985)
    Flower Sellers
    signed 'Alvarez' (lower right)--signed again twice and inscribed with title (on labels affixed to the reverse)
    oil on masonite
    48 x 24 in. (121.9 x 61 cm.)
    Painted in 1961.

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    Mabel Alvarez was one of the rare women artists of her day to receive encouragement at an early age to pursue her talents and passion as a painter. She received training in Los Angeles from prominent artists Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Morgan Russell, whose synchromist compositions and color schemes would have a profound impact on the young Alvarez. The present work, Flower Sellers, demonstrates the hallmarks of Alvarez's style, combining an Impressionist sensibility grounded in figural realism with a bold modernist composition of vivid planes of color. The subject of a major solo exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum in 1941 and a more recent retrospective at the Orange County Museum of Art, the work of Mabel Alvarez endures as testament to a painter who embraced the avant-garde of 1920s and 30s California while creating works of stunning beauty.


    The artist.
    Estate of the above.


    Seattle, Washington, Frye Art Museum, Eighth Annual Exhibition of West Coast Oil Paintings, 1962.