Portrait of Helen Greene

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Creator: Arthur Franklyn Musgrave [1878-1969]
Date: 1930s
Dimensions: 18 x 15 inches
Date Acquired: 2013-08-24
From Where?: Santa Fe, New Mexico (US)

I was drawn to this painting because of a first-hand encounter with this painting by Ted Seth Jacobs http://i.imgur.com/iM42F81.jpg which, at the time in 2007, had opened my mind considerably as to how color could be used boldly in the shadows, and not just in the light. Note the eye sockets, eyelids, and under the nose.

3D model: http://www.123dapp.com/obj-Catch/Oil-Painting/1902236

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I like to think of Musgrave’s portrait of his wife as a Rothko-esque version of Rockell’s “The Connoisseur:

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Helen painting a Whatman paper company poster in 1920.

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