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Eva Anderson (American, 1916-2010), Mandolin Player, ca. 1940, signed

Eva Anderson (American, 1916-2010), Mandolin Player, ca. 1940, signed

Item Description:

Signed on reverse "Eva Anderson", framed

Condition:

Minor craquelure. Canvas is soiled. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.

Provenance:

Private collection

Dimensions:

Frame: Height 28 in. x Width 22 in.

About The Artist:

Eva Anderson Becht Guyton, known professionally as Eva Anderson, was a Danish American artist most well known for her extensive interior decorating projects for patron Elise Grace, widow of William Russell Grace, Jr. Her notable projects include Ms. Grace's sprawling Long Island, New York estate, The Crossroads in Old Westbury.

Anderson was born in Denmark but immigrated to New York with her family at the age of seven. As a child, Anderson was artistically precocious and she went on to attend an arts high school in Manhattan. In 1936, Anderson was accepted to Cooper Union. During her time at Cooper Union, Anderson studied under English painter Wallace Harrison, whose modern cubist style may have influenced Anderson’s “Mandolin Player”.

After graduating from Cooper Union in 1939, Anderson continued her studies and attended classes at the American School of Design. Meanwhile, she made a living by freelancing in painting and craft jobs. After a brief time living in Florida from 1942 to 1944, Anderson returned to Manhattan to work as an art instructor at Cooper Union. It was not until 1948, when she was introduced to Ms. Grace and earned her patronage, that Anderson was able to explore her own artistic ideas and achieve financial success.

Grace commissioned Anderson to paint and decorate more than 28 rooms at The Crossroads. Each room was based on a specific theme or fantasy Grace envisioned. The Oriental Room, the Coronation Room, the Queen Victoria Room, the Fan Room, the Mount Vernon Sitting Room, the Spanish Bathroom, the Versailles Room, and the Silhouette Room, among others were all brightly decorated with painted murals and hand crafted objects made by Anderson. The rooms were characterized by Anderson’s inventive use of materials and her imaginative concepts.

“Mandolin Player” is a cubist-style painting of a reclining musician playing the mandolin. The mandolin was a favorite subject of Pablo Picasso and often appears in his paintings. Anderson’s cubist painting, characterized by fractured and flattened planes within the composition and muted colors, seems to derive from Picasso’s works in that style. Anderson, who was knowledgeable and had studied art extensively, was undoubtedly aware of her predecessor when she paid homage to his work.

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