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    Margaret Owen Mellott (American, b. 1923)
    Depleted Forest, Alpine, 1948-49
    Oil on Masonite
    16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
    Signed lower right: M. Owen
    Signed and dated on the reverse: 1948-49 / Alpine / M Owen

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    EXHIBITED:
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, "Annual Houston Artist Exhibition," 1949.

    Margaret Owen Mellott was a Fort Worth native. After receiving her Bachelors of fine art from The University of Texas in 1946, she went on to study at the Arts Student League of New York, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Kent State University, Ohio, as well as other institutions around Texas. While Mellott was part of the vital visual arts scene of the city in the 1940s, her work was "rediscovered" around 1990, as interest in mid-century artists began to increase, and her work was featured in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows from 1988-2006.

    Mellott's work from the late 1940s is rare, so we are excited to offer three excellent works from this period-Depleted Forest, Alpine, 1948-49, Road to Terlingua, 1948-49, and Portrait of a Young Woman. These three works represent Texas mid-century Modernism at its best, where she uses formal abstraction to explore inner realities as they relate to the outer world.


    Condition Report*: Surface dirt; frame wear with abrasions and small loss.
    Framed Dimensions 21.75 X 26 Inches
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    May, 2019
    18th Saturday
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