Original mid-century modern abstract oil painting by renowned Colorado modernist woman artist, Eve Drewelowe (1899-1989) titled "Alpha - The Beginning" painted in earth tones with hues of ivory, tan, beight, brown, yellow, turquoise blue, green,
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Eve Drewelowe
"Alpha," The Beginning (Abstract Painting)

1957

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Original mid-century modern abstract oil painting by renowned Colorado modernist woman artist, Eve Drewelowe (1899-1989) titled "Alpha - The Beginning" painted in earth tones with hues of ivory, tan, beight, brown, yellow, turquoise blue, green, coral, red and orange. From her earliest memory, Eve Drewelowe (Van Ek) wanted to be an artist, and she became the first student to receive a masters of fine arts from the University of Iowa. After graduation, she went with her new husband to Boulder, Colorado, where she soon found herself in the role of dean’s wife. Eventually that responsibility and its “chores” proved to be too restrictive. After a health crisis, Drewelowe had a self-described “reincarnation” in which she resolved to make a place for her creativity. Naturally effusive, she yet valued being alone, and her strong feelings for life were expressed in her exuberant paintings. Growing up on an Iowa farm, Drewelowe developed a love for the land from her “environmentalist” father, who died when she was eleven. Drewelowe graduated in 1924, and she later was a benefactor of what became one of the nation’s leading college art programs. Traveling to New York for her second solo exhibition in 1940, she stopped at the Mayo Clinic, where she was diagnosed as having a gastric polyp. This experience led to a new dedication to her painting, a complete turnaround in which she called her “reincarnation.” Inspired by the Rocky Mountains, she painted animated landscapes that pulsated with energy -- as if still in motion from generative forces. With a rainbow palette, Drewelowe created visionary scenes by intensifying colors in lively, rippling patterns. “What really motivated me in my youth, in my growth, in maturity was my desire to captivate everything. I put on canvas an eagerness to possess the wonder of nature and beauty of color and line – to encompass everything, not to let anything escape.” As early as the 1940s, she bemoaned the encroachment of human development on wilderness, and some of her paintings reflect her concern with the increasing threat to nature. Her later art included a turn to abstraction, but she continued to speak out against the ill effects of progress. As an artist, Drewelowe particularly despaired over the pollution befouling the atmosphere: “We cry for the return of the lustrously vibrant happy colors of the beauteously carved and sculpted land. The silence that has disgraced the hills must be reversed, and the singing must be heard again.” ©David Cook Galleries, LLC

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  • Condition Details
    very good condition with no notable loss, damage, etc.
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  • Dimensions
    H 24.5 in. x W 32.5 in. x D 2 in.H 62.23 cm x W 82.55 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Denver, CO
  • Reference Number
    LU2734372881
  • Seller Reference Number
    DCG-20642
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