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A watercolor painting entitled "Tropical Beauty" by Wladyslaw T. Benda (1873-1948). The piece depicts a young woman and flowers and is set in a wood frame with flower motif carvings.
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An Art Deco watercolor painting with mythical themes by Eugene Savage (1883-1978). The study for the ceiling of the Elks Club in Chicago, Illinois. Titled "Muses Bringing Food for the Feast on Mt. Olympus,"and signed in the lower center. Eugene Savage is known for his melding of classical antiquity and modernity. When awarded a fellowship by the American Academy to study in Rome, he dedicated his attention to ancient Greek and Roman Sculpture. His later works reflect this influence whil incorporating modern sensibility. After leaving Rome, Savage was commissioned to pain numerous murals throughout the United States and Europe, including a ceiling triptych in the Elks Club National Memorial in Chicago, for which these were studies. the project was massive and brought together many of the most prominent artists of the time. the composition is subtly surreal, partly as a consideration for viewer position.
A framed watercolor by Alexandro De Canedo entitled "The Neophytes"and painted in 1933. Canedo was born in Mexico City in 1902 to a Spanish father and American mother. At 15 he studied in Paris at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts under the sculptor Jean Magrou. He held is first exhibition of pencil drawings at the Circolo Artistico in Rome in 1927 and in 1928 moved to the U.S. where his first New York Exhibition of pencil drawings was the inaugural exhibition of the Cheshire Gallery in the Chrysler Building in 1932. He continued exhibiting in and around New York and by 1935 he was showing both watercolors and drawings. He continued producing and exhibiting through the 1940s and relocated to Los Angeles in the 1950s where he was active in the L.A. art scene through the late 60's. He passed away in 1978.
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