Consigned to American Legacy Fine Arts by private collectors
Marion Kavanagh was a pupil of William Keith in San Francisco who, upon learning of her move to Southern California, urged her to contact Pasadena artist Elmer Wachtel. A romance blossomed and the two were married in 1904. During their marriage, out of respect for her husband, Marion Wachtel painted in watercolor, giving Elmer Wachtel the honor of painting in the more “serious” medium of oil. After the untimely passing of her husband and a period of grieving, Marion took up oil painting in 1930, working both en plein air and in the studio. This masterful plein air painting is a poetic interpretation of the snow-capped mountains in Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming, framed by a stand of pine trees, an outcropping of rugged boulders ascending a steep hill, and the blue of Jackson Lake.
Wood with gold gilt finish, made by Mayen & Olsen, dated “2006”.
“American Legacy Fine Arts” label
"Katherine Norris F.A." taped on frame
Pencil markings, possibly framer's numbers
Early California Masters: Paintings from the Katherine A. Norris Legacy Collection, American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, California, November 12 - December 19, 2021
Western Art & Architecture, advertisement, November 2021
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