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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 494

Marjorie Lee O/B Abstract Landscape Painting, Peach Orchard in Bloom

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Marjorie Johnson Lee (Texas, 1911-1997) oil on board abstract landscape painting titled "Peach Orchard in Bloom" rendered in brightly hued impasto depicting a dense orchard bursting with pink foliage. Signed "M Lee" lower right corner. Titled, signed, and dated "painted in 1959" along with personal written inscription "1972 Jo Spuzzy: with all my love" in pen, en verso of backing. Housed in a giltwood frame with canvas liner. Sight: 9 3/8" H x 13 3/8" W. Framed: 14 3/4" H x 18 3/4" W. Artist biography: Marjorie Johnson Lee was one of the founders of the Fort Worth School of Artists (1932), which was established to expose Texans to abstract art. She attended Texas Christian University, Fort Worth School of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Arts Student League in New York. She volunteered alongside many other artists in the U.S. Navy WAVES during WWII including as a flight instructor and later lived in New York for many years. She returned to Texas in 1974 and continued painting until her death. (Source: The Old Jail Art Center Art Museum). Lee's paintings are in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Grace Museum, and the Blanton Museum.


Minor surface grime. Otherwise in overall very good condition.

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The collection of the artist's nephew.