Offering this truly exceptional work by WPA artist Kady Faulkner. Signed "Faulkner" and dated 1933 in the lower right corner. Measures 17 3/4 x 22 inches, note that the edges are not perfectly straight and thus the measurement is approximate. Item is unframed. Superb condition with some tattering along the edges and tape residue present on the verso from a previous framing along with brown spots (see photos). Nice heavy textured paper with some minor fading over the years. This work was acquired in Wisconsin.
Great minimalist approach with a modernist twist to this landscape or urban scene. One immediately thinks Southwest, however, the location is uncertain. There does appear to be a mountain in the background. The colors are nice and bright and the use of the exposed paper is simply superb attesting to her talents toward the medium. This one has great presence and is sure to light up the room. You will not be disappointed.
Faulkner is listed in most major art reference volumes including Who Was Who in American art. According to Askart, she was part of the WPA program.
Born in Syracuse, New York Kady Faulkner was an artist and university art educator who had a long, distinguished career in Nebraska and Wisconsin.
She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and then attended the Art Students League and Grand Central School of Art in New York. She was at one time a student of Hans Hofmann, Abstract Expressionist.
From 1930 to 1950, she taught painting and drawing at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and during her residency in Nebraska painted murals at the U.S. Post Office in Valentine, St. Mary's Episcopal Chapel in Mitchell and Union College Chapel in Lincoln. The Valentine mural project was part of a New Deal U.S. Treasury department program to bring art to the people as part of the healing from the Depression, and Faulkner was the only Nebraska artist to win such a commission in her home state. (Hendee)
In 1950, she became Chairman of the Art Department at Kemper Hall in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She was a member of the National Serigraph Society and the National Association of Women Artists.
Sharon Gustafson, Early Nebraska Women Artists
David Hendee, "The post-Depression post office murals of Nebraska", Omaha World Herald, November 15, 2012
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1933 Watercolor by WPA Artist Katherine "Kady" Faulkner
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