Still life with fruit, signed lower center: Pauline Powell, unframed oil on canvas, 18'' H x 26'' W, est: $2000/4000
Note: Pauline Powell Burns was an early Bay Area artist considered to be the first African American woman artist to exhibit in California. A painter as well as a concert pianist, Powell exhibited still life paintings at the Mechanics' Institute Fair in San Francisco in 1890 and gave numerous public recitals in the Bay Area. She was descended from Elizabeth Hemings, a domestic servant at Monticello, and died at a young age from tuberculosis leaving no heirs. Burns' works are scarce and the largest collection can be found in the Oakland Museum of California. Provenance: Estate, Berkeley, CA
Visual: A 1'' x 1'' 'J'-shaped tear to the canvas upper right. A small 'C'-shaped tear in the canvas upper left. Craquelure scattered throughout. Frame abrasion along the four edges. Blacklight: Repair to a 5.5'' crescent-shaped tear left center with corresponding patch verso. Repairs to pea-sized holes upper center and right center with corresponding patches verso. Repair to a pea-sized hole upper right with corresponding patch verso. Difficult to read under heavy varnish.