Early Modernist Painting Ofnew York City By Loren Barton/ Wpa Era Impressionist
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Early Modernist Painting Ofnew York City By Loren Barton/ Wpa Era Impressionist:
Early Modernist Painting of New York City
~ Loren Roberta Barton ~
WPA Era - Circa 1935
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Fine modernist urban landscape painting of New York City by well-listed American woman artist,
Loren Barton (1893 - 1975).
Oil on stretched canvas. Original wood frame.
Signed by the artist, lower right, "Loren Barton".
Undated on the work. Circa 1935.
Label on the reverse from the Old Arts Gallery on the upper East side of Manhattan. SIZE:
Painting - 14" x 16"
Frame - 18.75" x 20.75" A very fine Modernist - Impressionist oil painting depicting a view of Manhattan, the Hudson River, or possibly the East River in winter. The scene is beautifully painted and reminiscent of works by the earlier generation of Ashcan School, artists like William Glackens, Robert Henri, and John Sloan. The snowy roof tops, the smoke and steam, the gray water and the gray sky are exactly what New York looks like after a snow storm.
Loren Barton is an important American artist and the reasons are apparent when viewing this painting. The composition is very nice and the brushwork and application of the paint (thick impasto in some areas) are superb, as are the tonalist colors themselves.
The overall impression of the work is almost abstract in a modernist sense, but gives deep expression to the personality and mood of the sitter.
This painting has a label from the 'Old Arts' on Madison Ave. between 67th and 68th Streets on the upper East Side, which was a frame shop and high end antiques gallery during the early and mid 20th century.
This painting is in excellent condition. There are no losses or punctures to the surface or paint. There are stretcher marks that are visible but not too noticeable under normal viewing conditions. The painting would benefit from a light cleaning and restoration, but that is not necessary to enjoy viewing it in the meantime.
The frame is in good condition with light wear. It is original to the painting as far as I can tell.
Loren Roberta Barton
(1893 - 1975)
Loren Roberta Barton was born in Oxford, Massachusetts on Nov. 16, 1893 in the home of her great-aunt Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross. Loren came to Los Angeles with her family as a child and received her art training at University of Southern California, under William Lees Judson and at the Art Students League of Los Angeles under Rex Slinkard. In 1920 she had her first solo exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum and later in the decade began winning awards throughout the country. At that time she was the only Los Angeles member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Until 1930 Barton was primarily involved with printmaking, although she had first experimented with oil painting around 1915 and with watercolor in 1920.
While in Italy in 1929, she met Perez Babcock whom she married. The couple lived and worked in Rome and New York City until 1937, traveling frequently between the two cities. During this period she received commissions to illustrate books from New York publishers. In 1933 she was commissioned by the White House to do paintings of the gowns of the First Ladies. In 1937 Loren Barton returned to Los Angeles. She illustrated the books, Spanish Alta California and California in 1938 and later taught at the Chouinard School of Art from 1941-1947. In 1951 she married Jervis Russell Miller.
Loren Barton is an artist known first for etchings, book illustrations, and later her paintings in both oil and watercolor. The subjects of her paintings and prints include depictions of California during the Spanish rule, San Pedro's wharves, Chinatown genre, adobes, portraits, figures, and scenes from her travels. Ms. Barton's frequent travels to the American East Coast and Europe can be noted in her artwork. Achieving success early in her career, Loren Barton exhibited regularly from 1920-1950s. Her works include a large range of styles including impressionist, regionalist, WPA and modernist depictions.
Her last years were spent in Pomona as Mrs. Russell Miller. and she died in Claremont, California on May 27, 1975. Works Held (museums):
* New York Public Library
* National Museum of American Art (Washington D.C.)
* National Gallery of Art (Smithsonion)
* Art Institute of Chicago
* the National Gallery of Art
* Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City)
* Los Angeles County Museum of Art
* San Diego Museum
* National Library of France. Memberships:
* National Association of Women Painters & Sculptors
* Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London)
* California Society of Printmakers
* Brooklyn Society of Etchers (New York City)
* Chicago North Shore Art Association
* Print Society of English Clubs
* Pen and Brush Club of New York
* American Fine Artists
* Chicago Society of Etchers
* American Watercolor Society. Exhibitions:
* Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1920 (with Mable Alvarez and Paul Lauritz), 1923, 1926, 1928, 1941 (solos)
* Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1923
* California State Fairs (awards)
* California Art Club, 1921-28
*Arizona State Fair, 1920s (awards)
* California Watercolor Society, 1924-51
* Ainslee Gallery (NYC), 1924
* Cannell & Chaffin Gallery (LA), 1925
* Ebell Club (LA), 1927
* Calif. Society of Etchers, 1928
* Hollywood Woman’s Club, 1928
* Los Angeles County Fair, 1937
* Nicholson Gallery (Pasadena), 1938
* Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE - San Francisco), 1939
* Santa Barbara Museum, 1944. PLEASE NOTE :
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