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Pauline Palmer
"Bright Eyes," an Oil on a Canvas Board signed by Pauline Palmer

1934

$16,000

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"Bright Eyes" is an original oil paint on canvas mounted on board by Pauline Palmer. It depicts a young child in blue with wide eyes smiling in front of a dark green background. 23 1/2" x 19 1/2" art 24 3/4" x 23" framed Still arguably the best-known Chicago woman artist of her time, Pauline Lennards (or Lennard) Palmer (1867–1938) was born in Illinois. Palmer studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and began exhibiting there in 1896; she completed her formal training with three years of study in art academies in Paris. She exhibited regularly in the Art Institute of Chicago’s three annual exhibitions and in important national and international exhibitions, notably the prestigious Paris Salon. At the Art Institute, she won numerous prizes. Her first solo exhibition was held there in 1913 at the same time as the famous so-called Armory Show of modernist art. This painting was created in the Provincetown Artist Colony in Massachusetts, of which Palmer was a prominent member. A leader among local artists, she was the first woman to serve as president of the Chicago Society of Artists, between 1918 and 1921, and she led the Association of Chicago Painters and Sculptors from 1929 to 1931. Palmer was adept in oil, pastel, tempera, and watercolor. In addition to portraits, she painted numerous studies of women and children as well as landscapes. Her work matured from a dark, tonal, academic approach to a conservative impressionism in which forms are suggested by distinct brushstrokes of brilliant color that emphasize the effects of full sunlight. Known as “Chicago’s painter lady,” Palmer was a perennial local favorite for her pleasing subjects and accessible style. In 1926, Chicago Tribune art critic Eleanor Jewett described her as one of “the two most popular and best liked artists belonging to Chicago’s art colony.”

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