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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 492

Marjorie Lee O/C Abstract Painting, The Blue House

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Marjorie Johnson Lee (Texas, 1911-1997) oil on canvas expressionist landscape painting titled "The Blue House" rendered in brightly hued impasto, depicting a house situated above a body of water surrounded by abstracted elements. Signed "M. Lee" in red and faintly signed beneath paint layer lower right. Titled and additionally signed, en verso. Housed in a gilt acrylic frame. Sight: 17 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W. Framed: 19" H x 23" 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.


Minute pinprick loss to paint layer and minute area of lifting paint at base of blue building. Otherwise in very good condition.

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The collection of the artist's nephew.