Offered by: Robert Funk Fine Art
1581 Brickell Ave., Suite 2303 Miami, FL 33129 , United States Call Seller 305.857.0521


Dreamy Young Blond Women Pondering "Deckchair and Cat" Summer Pastel Color

$ 11,000
  • Description
    A dreamy young blond woman holding a Bengal cat is depicted relaxing in a deckchair. She gazes upward and outward, pondering—the distinctive marbling of the cat echos the floral background. The work is painted with soft, flat summer pastel colors; the picture exudes a sense of quiet relaxation. One can fall in love with this picture and look at it endlessly in person. Unsigned. Framed size 34.5 x 26.5 - Elegantly framed and matted without plexi or glass in front.
    Provenance: Chris Beetles Gallery, London.
    Exhibited: Louis Wain & the Summer Cat Show, 1999, No 176
    The Turn of Women Artists, 1837 -2018 - March 14 - April 2018, No 127

    From Wikipedia:
    Muriel Alice Pemberton RWS, FSIA (8 September 1909 – 30 July 1993) was a British fashion designer, painter and academic.

    According to The Independent, she "invented art-school training in fashion in Britain".
    Early life

    Muriel Alice Pemberton was born in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, on 8 September 1909,or 8 September 1910.

    The daughter of Thomas Henry Pemberton, who was a skilled amateur painter as well as a photographic innovator, inventing a one-camera stereoscopic process. Her mother, Alice Pemberton, née Smith, retired from a career as a professional singer upon marriage and she was also a gifted designer and needlewoman.[3]

    At the age of fifteen, she was the youngest student at the local Burslem School of Art. In 1928, she obtained a scholarship as well as a major award to attend the School of Painting at London's Royal College of Art. In 1931, she was awarded the RCA's first ever Diploma in Fashion. Pemberton persuaded the head of the school of design, Professor Ernest William Tristram, to introduce such a course, and he asked her to draft the curriculum.[3]

    According to the ODNB,

    She proposed a combination of direct contact, sketching, and analysing with an actual couturier, learning the basic skills of cutting and sewing with a professional, and supplementing this with academic studies in the history of fashion and design at museums such as the Victoria and Albert.

    Following graduation in 1931, Pemberton was immediately employed to teach fashion drawing two days a week at St Martin's School of Art.Over time, she was able to expand this role and became head of the UK's first Faculty of Fashion and Design.[1] The curriculum was much as she had originally proposed to Tristram.

    Even before the war, Pemberton's innovative approach to teaching fashion and giving it a proper place in the art college curriculum had attracted international attention. Her methods were widely copied, with teachers visiting from all over the globe to study her approach.[3]

    Her students included Katharine Hamnett, Bruce Oldfield, Bill Gibb and Bjorn Lanberg.[1][3] In 1993, John Russell Taylor published a biography of her life.[1]
    Personal life

    In 1941, she married John Hadley Rowe (died 1975).[1]

    Pemberton died at 56 Vale Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, on 30 July 1993
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Origin: England
    Period: 1980-1999
    Materials: Watercolor and Gouache
    Condition: Good. Very good. One inch of Slight buckling of paper in extreme lower left corner.
    Creation Date: 1980 Circa
    Styles / Movements: Expressionism, Contemporary, Illustration
    Incollect Reference #: 703395
  • Dimensions
    W. 16.75 in; H. 21 in;
    W. 42.55 cm; H. 53.34 cm;
Message from Seller:

You'll find an eclectic group of art works at Robert Funk Fine Art. 45 years of experience has shaped Director Robert Funk's multi-perspective approach to presenting art. As an undergrad in painting, he studied with great teachers such as first-generation abstract expressionist Robert Richenburg and hyper-realist painter Janet Fish. In Graduate School he worked with famed critic E.C. Goossen and went on to work as a Photographer, New York Advertising Art Director, and Art Collector.

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