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    ETHEL SPEARS (1903-1974)
    Untitled Skating Rink, 1940s
    Gouache
    19n. x 24in.
    Unsigned, letter of provenance from the estate

    Ethel Spears was a noted mural painter with more than twenty-three WPA murals in Chicago alone. She was also known for her whimsical genre scenes in gouache and watercolor. She spent her summers in Navasota, Texas, with her long-time companion, Kathleen Blackshear, and eventually retired there in 1961.

    This fanciful watercolor of children sledding, ice skating, playing in the snow, and building snowmen, uses a flattened perspective to create a decorative effect. It is typical of Spears's style in the 1940s.

    Provenance:
    Estate of Ethel Spears and Kathleen Blackshear
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

    Estate Inventory Number verso:
    ES17



    Condition Report*: Excellent condition. Matted but not framed.
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    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    2nd Saturday
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