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Lot 683

3 Grace Martin Taylor Collages

Estimate: $400 - $500

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Three (3) Grace Martin Frame Taylor (West Virginia, 1903-1995) collages with watercolor. 1st item: A horizontally oriented composition with a photograph of a woman's legs and an apple juxtaposed with tan paper triangles and white painted lines and set against a black paper background. Sight: 3 5/16" H x 4 3/4" W. Frame: 7 1/8" H x 9 1/8" W. 2nd item: A horizontally oriented composition with a photograph of a flower and the back legs of a horse placed alongside a painted botanical form. With tan paper triangle and red and black painted areas, all set against an orange paper background. Sight: 3 7/16" H x 4 13/16" W. Frame: 7 1/8" H x 9 1/8" W. 3rd item: A vertically oriented composition with photographs of the legs and tutu of a ballerina, a flower, and a human ear set atop a tan paper triangle and augmented with red and white painted areas, all on a brown paper background. Sight: 4 7/8" H x 3 7/16" W. Frame: 7 1/8" H x 9 1/8" W. All signed in black pen with initials "GMT." All under glass in white and gilt wood frames with tan mats. Biographical Note: "Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Grace Martin Taylor was a younger cousin of Blanche Lazzell, who encouraged her artistic talent. In 1921 she enrolled at West Virginia University, Morgantown, which Lazzell had first attended some twenty years earlier. Not finding instruction in the studio arts at West Virginia University sufficiently rigorous, in 1922 Grace Taylor supplemented her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, where her teachers Arthur B. Carles and Henry McCarter introduced her to abstraction. After graduating from West Virginia University in 1929, she took up Lazzell's invitation to come to Provincetown, where she learned the technique of white-line colour woodblock printing and soon assumed proficiency. Taylor joined the American Color Print Society as one of its founders as well as the Woodcut Society based in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1933, one of her woodcuts, Studio Window, was nominated by the Printmakers Society of California for the Fifty Best Prints of the Year. Although she made periodic visits to Provincetown, where, like Lazzell, she attended Hans Hofmann's summer classes in the 1940s, Taylor largely spent her career in West Virginia, where she was committed to art education. For more than forty years she taught at Mason College of Music and Fine Art in Charleston, eventually becoming its president. In 1931 she set up the Allied Artists of West Virginia, helping with its exhibitions; she also established the Creative Arts Festival of West Virginia and sat on various state educational and historical bodies. Her commitment to art education in West Virginia brought her several official honours. In 1998 the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, recognized her role as a woman pioneer of American abstraction with a special display of her 1938 painting Still Life with Ukulele." Source: The British Museum


Overall very good condition, not examined outside of frames. Frames with minor abrasions and losses.

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