Lot 36 of 210:
Original watercolor of Bryce Canyon Utah Helen Forbes  

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Original watercolor of Bryce Canyon, Utah
Forbes, Helen
Early to mid-20th century

Watercolor on paper tipped into original mat showing the pink rock walls of Bryce Canyon, and identified as such in pencil on the mat. Bryce Canyon is noted for its Hoodoos, which are the odd shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion, and are evident in this attractively painted work, in an almost abstract form. Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah was first designated as the Bryce Canyon National Monument in 1923 and reached National Park Status in 1928. The work is signed “Helen Forbes”  in pencil on the lower left and measures 10x14”.

Helen Forbes (1891-1945), etcher, muralist and painter was born in San Francisco in 1891 into a pioneer California family. She studied under Frank Van Sloun at the California School of Fine Arts, and was awarded a lifetime scholarship there. She later traveled in Europe for many years furthering her art training in Paris and Munich. Returning to California in 1924, she studied under Armin Hansen in Carmel. In the 30’s she resided in Palo Alto, and at one time lived in Death Valley in a deserted inn. Her paintings consist of subjects in the Sierra, desert scenes, landscapes of Mexico, Death Valley and still-life. She won many awards, including the 1915 PPIE, and participated in WPA Projects, murals in public buildings etc. her work is held in many California museums. Provenance: Beaux Arts Gallery S.F. Private Collection, San Francisco.

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