Watching Woman

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Watching Woman
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Frame W: 39.3 cm, L: 51.2 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
James had no formal training in art, but she pursued painting through her close friendship with the artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986). Like O’Keeffe, James painted floral still lifes, but she chose to paint on glass rather than canvas. James, who had been part of a community of avant-garde artists in New York City, moved to Taos in 1937. She lived and worked there for the rest of her life.
James, Rebecca Salsbury (Strand), Source
Rebecca Salsbury James Taos N.M. 1950
painted lower left edge
Primary Description: 
Panel, "Watching Woman." Colorless non-lead sheet glass, polychrome paint (mainly opaque white, grays, greens); reverse painted (cold). Vertical rectangular format painted mainly in gray tones depicting a gray leafless tree in left foreground framing rear-view of figure cloaked in black standing in stark, olive-green ground with small scrub vegetation, figure faces black hills, gray/white horizon and sky; wide wood frame covered with burnished silver leaf; back of framing has paper label from Palace of the Legion of Honor, California, dated 12-26-50, reg. no. 2000.1, ink and pencil script: Watching Woman/by/Rebecca Salsbury James/Taos NM-; painted in script on lower left edge (when unframed and viewed from back): "Rebecca Salsbury James Taos N.M. 1950".
Rebecca Salsbury James, Paintings on Glass, Third New York Exhibition
Martha Jackson Gallery 1954-09-21 through 1954-10-09