Walter Inglis Anderson (American/Mississippi, 1903-1965) linocut on brown paper titled "Tree of Life" or "Tallow Tree". Unsigned. Housed in a silvered gilt wood frame. Sight – 29 1/2" H x 18 1/2" W. Framed – 40 1/2" H x 28 1/2" W. Provenance: The estate of Ann Cook Calhoun, Nashville, Tennessee. Biography: Walter Inglis Anderson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. After his early military school education, he attended the Parsons Institute of Design in New York from 1922 to 1923 and then attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1923 to 1928. Walter traveled throughout Europe and spent some time in France. While there, he visited the caves at Les Eyzies. Fascinated by the cave paintings, he absorbed and incorporated these primitive designs into many of his later works. In 1929 he returned home to Ocean Springs, MS and with his younger brother Mac, opened a workshop and began to work with his brother Peter Anderson (Shearwater Pottery). He sculpted and molded many pieces including lamp bases, bookends, vases, and ashtrays. Additionally, Walter decorated many of his brother Peter's pottery items. Walter was versatile and prolific, creating wood and clay sculptures and pencil, crayon, pastel, and ink drawings. He painted in watercolors and oils and also made linoleum woodblocks. In the 1930's Walter, Peter and Mac worked with the Works Progress Administration created by President Roosevelt and created works for the Ocean Springs Public School system: murals by Walter and tiles created by Peter and Mac. Walter continued to decorate pottery at Shearwater until his death on November 30, 1965 in New Orleans from complications of surgery for lung cancer. (source: www.shearwaterpottery.com). CONDITION: Buckling to paper along all margins, most noticeable top margin left side.
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