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Esther Phillips Abstract Street Scene Gouache Painting, Mid-20th Century

Item Details

Esther Phillips (Pittsburgh/New York, 1902-1983)
Untitled (abstract street scene), Mid-20th century
Gouache on cardboard
Signed to the lower right

Esther Phillips left Pittsburgh in the late 1930s to pursue a bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village. A member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, she immersed herself into local artistic circles, and among her artist friends were modernists Milton Weiss (American; 1912-1995) and Franz Kline (American; 1910-1962). Phillips’ work was often executed in watercolors at a quick pace, exhibiting the influence of Fauvism, Cubism, and artists such as Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Frequent subjects include abstracted cityscapes, townscapes, and asylum scenes that feature vibrant colors, simple shapes, and overall flatness. Her work has been exhibited posthumously at multiple galleries such as the Carson Street Gallery, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Borelli-Edwards Gallery, among others.

  • Please note, this item is highly fragile and/or requires custom packing. Additional handling time should be expected.

Condition

- major pigment loss to the edges of the cardboard; abrasions to the corners; stray marks to the painting surface; yellowing and discoloration to the pigment; slight warping to the cardboard.

Dimensions

28.0" W x 13.0" H x 1.0" D

Item #

ITMG774786

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