Irmgard Arvin (German-American, 1923-1996), "Mussels" - oil on board, ca. 1965. Signed on the lower right. A remarkable trompe l'oeil painting of mussels - the bivalve furthest to the left with open shells so that Arvin could meticulously delineate the interior of the mollusk, the central closed mussel finely rendered with byssal threads, and the half shell on the right presenting a mussel's characteristic silvery and nacreous (mother-of-pearl-like) interior. Irmgard Arvin was born in Berlin and came to the United States in 1924. She studied at the Maryland Institute of Art, taught art at Baltimore City College (1954-1970), as a private instructor in Nantucket, Massachusetts (1963-1980), and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (1971-1972). Size: 10" W x 3.5" H (25.4 cm x 8.9 cm); 14.125" W x 7.8" H (35.9 cm x 19.8 cm) framed
Provenance: The William F. Draper Collection, New York City, USA, acquired via descent from the late William Franklin Draper (1912-2003), an accomplished American artist whose career spanned seven decades; ex James Hunt Barker Galleries, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, USA, 1960s. Known as the "Dean of American Portraiture," William Draper was the only artist to paint President John F. Kennedy from life, and his oeuvre includes marvelous landscapes from his world travels, military paintings as he was one of only seventeen Combat Artists in WWII, and portraits of illustrious individuals.
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Minor surface accretions. Otherwise painting is in very good condition and signed on lower right. Old label from James Hunt Barker Galleries, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, USA on verso. A few minor scuffs/nicks to the frame.