Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 179

Price Realized: $ 938
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000


"I Saw An Oriental Dance."

Watercolor on board, 1926. 225x170 mm; 8 3/4x6 3/4 inches, image, on 14 1/4x9 3/4-inch board. Signed "Nura" in lower right image, verso titled, dated, and with Ulreich's address in ink; contemporary frame measuring 17x14 inches and with original back board containing Dudensing Galleries stamp, price label, and seven exhibition stamps filled in by hand.

Exhibited: College of Art Association tour (1926-1930): Dudensing Gallery, New York, 1927; Markham Gallery, 1928; Kalamazoo Institute of Art, 1930; Mandel Brothers Co, Chicago, 1928; Arnold Constable, New York, 1928; Dayton, OH: Rike-Kumler Co., 1928.

Provenance: Artist to the late Elmer Smith, NYC collector; collector's estate to owner, Stedman, 1967.

Ulreich is known for her modernist, stylized images of children and scenes of childhood, often incorporating animals and nature. She studied art in her native Kansas City, in New York at the Art Student's League, and in Chicago. There, she met her husband, the artist Edward Buk Ulreich, well known for his murals. In the mid-1920s, the couple spent time in Vienna and Paris, exploring modernist art before moving to New York, where both gained critical acclaim.

Though she fell into relative obscurity after her death, her work has recently enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance. Ulreich's oeuvre was celebrated this summer through a comprehensive exhibition at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art which featured the extensive collection of her work held by Kendra and Allan Daniel and curated by Nichols B. Clark.