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Fine Art, Modern, Picasso Study Club, by Elizabeth Olds, Screen Print, 1940

$1,400

Elizabeth Olds (1896-1991)
Picasso Study Club
American: 1940
Color screen print
Titled in pencil lower center
Signed and dated in pencil lower right
Edition number not stated
9.5 x 17.75 inches, image
10.75 x 19 inches, overall
$1,400

Humorous depiction of an art-appreciation group studying Picasso’s paintings. It pokes fun at his Cubist style by depicting the intent group of viewers as distorted in the same manner. This is a screen print by Elizabeth Olds, who was known for her work in that medium. One print from this edition was exhibited in the 1995 exhibition “Contacting Pablo Picasso” at the Spanish Institute in New York. Another print from this edition is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Description

Elizabeth Olds was a prolific and accomplished printmaker with a lifelong commitment to an art of social issues and empathy for working people. Born in Minneapolis, she moved to New York City to study at the Art Student League under George Luks and other social realists. In 1925, she went to Europe and the next year became the first woman to win a Guggenheim Fellowship, which she used to study in Europe for the following four years. Returning to the United States in 1929, she was moved to document the harsh realities of the Depression, making a series of lithographs about the conditions of the stockyards of Omaha, Nebraska, for the animals and the laborers.

In 1935, Olds returned to New York City and worked for the Federal Art Project’s graphic division, shortly thereafter joining the Artists Union, the Artists Congress, and the Graphic Division of the FAP/WPA. Putting her ideals of making art available to the people into practice, in 1939, she established the FAP’s Silk Screen Unit and continued to mass-produce her art. She also published political illustrations in The New Masses, The New Republic and Fortune magazines and wrote and illustrated children’s books. She lived on Long Island for many years, moving to Florida in 1971. Her works are in the collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, and those of the Universities of Georgia, Michigan and Minnesota.

Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned, deacidified and backed on Japanese tissue, with only minor remaining toning. Still some minor remaining light abrasions, glue residue, notations in outer margins from former matting, can be rematted out.

References:

Cotter, Holland. “Two Looks at the Spell Picasso Cast on America.” New York Times. 13 October 1995. Online at: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/10/13/arts/art-review-two-looks-at-the-spell-picasso-cast-on-america.html (19 January 2015).

“Elizabeth Olds.” International Fine Print Dealers Association. 2009-2014. http://www.ifpda.org/content/node/1657 (19 January 2015).

“Picasso Study Club.” Smithsonian Amercian Art Museum. http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=19001 (19 January 2015).

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20th Century