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Ursula Barnes Art

URSULA BARNES (GERMANY, 1872–1958)

Ursula Barnes moved to San Francisco when she was 20 years old. During a varied career, she worked as a dancer on the New York stage, the wife of an itinerant evangelist, a Hollywood actress, a parlor maid in Chicago, and finally a pastry cook in San Francisco. Only about 30 of her paintings are known to have been completed. Barnes never found an audience for her art during her lifetime. Few knew of her paintings; she even concealed them from her family. Barnes’s canvases were found in 1958, at the time of her death, by the San Francisco County coroner. Barnes’s painting, Cat and a Ball on the Waterfall was the inspiration for, and the title of, a 1986 exhibition at the Oakland Museum that surveyed 200 years of California folk painting and sculpture. In addition to the show at the Oakland Museum, only two other public exhibitions of her work were ever presented, both at San Francisco galleries, in 1959 and 1961. Barnes’s paintings are filled with melodrama. Fanciful costumed characters prance across her large canvases. An occasional portrait, animal, or landscape peppers the collection. Much of the works are multi-faceted, energetic combinations of imagery reminiscent of her colorful life.

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'Magical Sicilian Landscape', Oakland Museum, Outsider Woman Artist, Large Oil
By Ursula Barnes
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Titled lower left, 'Sicily' and painted circa 1945; stamped verso with certification of authenticity and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Born in Germany, Ursula Barne...
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1940s Outsider Art Ursula Barnes Art

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Oil, Cotton Canvas

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