Louise Pershing Abstract Oil Painting on Masonite
An oil painting on masonite abstract expressionist composition by Louise Pershing (Pennsylvania, 1904-1986), executed in the mid 1940s. Depicted is a cubist style figure rendered in geometric forms of predominantly red color. Signed ‘Pershing’ lower right in red. Unmounted and unframed.
Louise Pershing was the niece of US Army General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing (1860-1948). She studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh. Most notably, she studied under celebrated abstract expressionist Hans Hoffman in Cape Cod. Louise was a member of the National Association of Women Artists, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. She had a solo exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in 1945.
One of Pershing’s largest works can be found along Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Executed in 1974, The Flow sculpture was produced from COR-TEN steel, a type of steel invented by the U.S. Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh. Inspired by a visit to their open hearth, the sculpture is an abstract depiction of steelmaking.
- significant wear to the edges of the board; light scratches and marks present throughout.