Entitled Clump of Weeds, this 1984 acrylic on board abstracted still life is by Derby, CT native Edith Park Truesdell (1888-1986). Truesdell lived for nearly a century as a noted painter, teacher, writer and poet. Her long life ran parallel to that of the first female American artist to achieve real fame; Georgia O’Keeffe. She was also the aunt, mentor and ally behind the seminal Bay Area Figurative painter, David Park (1911-1960), and her work profoundly influenced her nephew’s creative development. Truesdell was trained at the Boston Museum School under American Impressionists, Frank Weston Benson and Edmund C. Tarbell. Her deep engagement with figurative and landscape painting brought her solo shows at the Boston Museum, UCLA, the Copley Gallery in Boston, the Denver Public Library, the Monterey Peninsula Museum, the Carmel Art League, and a 1979 one-woman exhibition at the Pat Carey Gallery in San Francisco. She was an important member of The California Art Club and exhibited with members of L.A.’s progressive “Group of Eight”.
1984 Acrylic on Board 26"x34" framed, 25"x33" unframed
Signed lower right; signed, dated and titled on the back. Good vintage condition. Warping and wear in the inner artist-built frame, minor wear along edges. Framed in a combination of a restored vintage handbuilt lath wood frame in a walnut finish with a contemporary wood floater frame around it in a textured muted gold finish.