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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARTIST MANUEL NERI

NOTE: A greeting card from Joan Brown to Manuel Neri attached to the base of the plate.

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Considered part of the second generation of the Bay Area Figurative movement, influential artist Joan Brown obsessively painted everyday imagery from her own life: domestic scenes, swimming excursions in the San Francisco bay, or outings to the opera with her husband. In a predominantly flat, decorative style, Brown painted figures and animals in fanciful scenarios; enamored with ancient Egyptian art and mythology, she would often paint silhouettes and human-animal hybrids such as the sphinx. Though she denied having any explicit feminist agenda, her subject matter aligned closely with the psychological imperatives of feminist art; her images displayed the artist’s introspective spiritual life. Elmer Bischoff was a mentor and teacher.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Dilexi Gallery: The Early YearsBrian Gross Fine Art
2016
Based on a True Story: Highlights from the di Rosa Collectiondi Rosa
2015
George Adams Gallery at ADAA: The Art Show 2015George Adams Gallery
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Sweet Hearts Forever, circa 1960

Graphite on plaster on wooden base
18 × 18 × 1 1/2 in
45.7 × 45.7 × 3.8 cm
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Heritage Auctions

Please note this lot is on view in San Francisco. All pick up and shipping arrangements can be made …

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Considered part of the second generation of the Bay Area Figurative movement, influential artist Joan Brown obsessively painted everyday imagery from her own life: domestic scenes, swimming excursions in the San Francisco bay, or outings to the opera with her husband. In a predominantly flat, decorative style, Brown painted figures and animals in fanciful scenarios; enamored with ancient Egyptian art and mythology, she would often paint silhouettes and human-animal hybrids such as the sphinx. Though she denied having any explicit feminist agenda, her subject matter aligned closely with the psychological imperatives of feminist art; her images displayed the artist’s introspective spiritual life. Elmer Bischoff was a mentor and teacher.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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