Jan 22, 2015 - Sale 2372

Sale 2372 - Lot 32

Price Realized: $ 1,062
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Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
"May Day." Watercolor, pencil, and wash. 391x286 mm; 15 3/8x11 1/4 inches. Cover image for Woman's World, May 1939. Signed lower center image. Taped along edges to matte on verso. A copy of the magazine accompanies the lot showing the artwork colored differently for the final printed version.

Additional Details

Barney was the sister of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the illustrator of several children's books, including those of L. Frank Baum, and cover designs and illustrations for numerous magazines from the 1920s-40s. Encouraged by her older brother, she was successful and creative from an early age; during the depression and subsequent years, she expanded her repertoire into landscapes, needlepoint tapestry, and even fashion shoe designing. "She was largely responsible for revolutionizing the quality of illustration in children's readers"--Reed, The Illustrator in America 1860-2000, page 165.