Meyer (Mike) R. Wolfe (New York/California/Tennessee, 1897-1985) abstract oil on board painting depicting the back of a nude female, seated on a blue cushion against a green backdrop. Signed "M. Wolfe" lower right. Housed in a gilt wood frame with off white linen liner. Sight – 19 1/4" H x 15 3/8" W. Framed – 21 7/8" H x 17 7/8" W. American, early/mid 20th century. Artist Biography: Meyer Wolfe was a painter and printmaker born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He studied in Chicago at the Academy of Fine Arts and in New York at the Art Students League under John Sloan, a member of the Ashcan school. Wolfe worked as a newspaper illustrator in New York during the 1920's and in 1926, he went to Paris to train at the Academie Julian under Pierre Lauren. He subsequently resided in San Francisco in 1932, where he exhibited at the San Francisco Art Association, New York City around 1939 when he exhibited a the New York World's Fair, and in Nashville, where he died in 1985. He was married to the photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. His works are represented in institutions including the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Art Museum, and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts. (Source: The Art of Tennessee exhibit catalog, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2006; the International Fine Print Dealers Association; AskArt). CONDITION: Areas of paint loss, largest 4 1/4" x 1 1/4", top margin, primarily top right. Varnish professionally applied to eliminate further exfoliation/paint loss. Foxing spots to liner.
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