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Lester Molleson
Nude Abstraction

1950

$1,500

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A colorful modernist abstract nude oil on masonite expressionist oil painting by Lester Molleson, a Milwaukee based artist. Work is handsomely framed in a period wide profile soft fir wood frame and has been recently cleaned and displays perfectly. Grapefruit Moon Gallery recently acquired an interesting collection of paintings by this artist - an unexpected rural Wisconsin barn find. The artist enrolled and graduated from Layton School of the Arts in 1950 after serving for the military in WWII, he opened and ran an art studio with Nicola Conigliaro called "Open Studio" at the time this large format oil was completed; right around 1950. The painting while unsigned, is guaranteed to be the work of Lester Molleson. Molleson exhibited to some fanfare, we included a scan of a press article we found on one of his early gallery shows where he is described as a "shy" artist who "paints explosively". Due in large part to an ongoing struggle with alcohol and depression, the artist never broke through to prominence after his early notices. Exhibits: Layton Gallery, Westun Gallery, Wisconsin State Fair, Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Exhibit, 1950 Gimbels Art Collection "Wisconsin at Work", 1951 Gimbels Contemporary House at the Milwaukee Auditorium Home Show, and The Art Institute of Chicago's - 75th Annual Exhibition. Sight Size 17" X 23 1/2" Framed 27" X 33 1/2"

Details

  • Creator
    Lester Molleson (1921 - 1999, American)
  • Creation Year
    1950
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.5 in. (85.09 cm)Width: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Depth: 4 in. (10.16 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Beautifully framed and ready to display.
  • Gallery Location
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU12221132043

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