Anne Estelle Rice (1879-1959), American
Oil on panel; signed lower left, signed and titled on the remains of the artist’s label verso, titled to gallery label verso. Unframed.
14.25" x 17.25" — 36.2 x 43.8 cm.
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Born in 1877 in Conshohocken near Philadelphia, Anne Estelle Rice studied at the School of Industrial Art of the Pennsylvania Museum and continued her training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under the direction of renowned American artists Charles Grafly, William Merritt Chase and Thomas Anshutz. She contributed illustrations for Collier’s, Harper’s and the Saturday Evening Post and was commissioned to develop seven historical murals for the Wannamaker store in Philadelphia in 1909. Rice was one of the chief illustrators for the British periodical Rhythm, from 1911-1913. Upon traveling to Europe in 1905, Rice met the Scottish painter John Fergusson who was a mentor and who influenced her subsequent Post Impressionist and Fauvist style, including a vivid and colourful palette, for which she would become known and is represented in the colouring of this work. Her 1910 painting “The Egyptian Dancers” exemplified her use of the Fauvist style; upon its exhibition the American press acclaimed Rice as the leader of a new school of art. From the 1920s, Rice painted still lifes, exhibiting at the Leicester Galleries and the Wildenstein Gallery in England.
Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd. (The Lefevre Galleries), London;
Private Collection, England, received as a gift in the 1930’s;
By descent to the present Private Collection, Red Deer, Alberta
Department: International Art