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    Fleur Cowles, (American, 1908-2009)
    Siberian Tigers, 1998
    Framed color digital print
    28 x 22 inches (72.12 x 55.88 cm)
    Edition 114/175
    Signed and dated on lower right
    Donated by Charlotte Moss Interiors
    Retail $1,000

    Fleur Cowles was an artist, socialite, write, diplomat, and fashion editor -- best known as the creative force behind the short-lived Flair magazine known for its bold design and lavish production. She began painting seriously in the late 1950's, painting richly colorful works that harmoniously combine wild animals (as shown with the Siberian Tigers in this work). Many of her paintings were used as an inspiration and illustrated a number of books by writer and poet Robert Vavra, notably the book Tiger Flower published in 1968.

    About her working method, Cowles wrote that, "There are probably few painters (other than the Chinese who paint their scrolls on a flat surface) who use no easel, use no palette and have no studio. The absence of all three describes in a very few words how I paint. My lap replaces the easel; the tubes of paint are in themselves my palette (I paint directly from them); my library couch in Sussex is my studio. I paint with either tubes or jars of acrylic paint gathered up by my brush as a bow would the strings of a violin. My studio is a windowed, dark-chocolate brown room where light comes inside in differing ways and amounts during the day. When the sun does give up, an angle-light is put on a little table just behind the couch at my left shoulder. Sunlight or not, this is how I continue to paint into the night except for meals...I never think about or compose a painting in advance (in my mind or on paper). I never draw. I never use a model or copy a thing. I paint what has been packed away in my computer-memory, those animals, flowers and scenes which wait for my brush to give them life."

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