Howard Schleeter Still-Life Painting - Madonna of the Picture
See this artwork in context
View In Room
1 of 8 images

Howard Schleeter
Madonna of the Picture

May 16, 1939


Presented in a custom frame, outer dimensions measure 21 x 17 x 2 inches. Image size is 16 x 12 inches. Provenance: Private Collection, California Howard Schleeter, the son of a commercial artist, studied formally at the Albright Art School in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. However, his studies at Albright were brief and the artist considered himself to be primarily self-taught. He later met Charles Lindbergh while working as an airplane mechanic. However, he soon chose to make his living entirely as an artist and, in 1929, he traveled to New Mexico. The following year he married and the couple made New Mexico their permanent home. Schleeter studied under Brooks Willis during the 1930's and worked in several mediums including gouache, watercolor, oil, scratchboard and engraving. The Great Depression took its toll on Schleeter who occasionally found work digging ditches to make ends meet. In 1936, his financial status greatly improved when he received the first of several commissions from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Though he worked primarily in abstraction, the five murals he completed for a WPA commission in the Melrose Public School library are realistic depictions of the West. He worked on several more New Deal commissions during the years of 1936 and 1942 in locations including Santa Fe, Clayton, and Washington D.C. During this time, Schleeter furthered his income by teaching at a Las Vegas, New Mexico, art gallery during 1938 and 1939. In 1945, the Encyclopedia Britannica referred to Schleeter as "an artist's artist." He also received local attention when he became one of the first artists chosen by Peter Hurd and Jane Mabry for his significant contributions to New Mexico's art. Schleeter taught at the University of New Mexico during 1950-1951 and 1954. Member: Art League of New Mexico Exhibited: Kansas Art Institute, 1936-1938; New Mexico State Fair, 1939 (prize); New Mexico Art League, 1939 (prize); Cedar City, New Mexico, 1941-1946; Philadelphia Artist Alliance, 1945 (solo); deYoung Memorial Museum, 1946; Art Institute of Chicago, 1947; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, 1951 (purchase prize), 1955 (purchase prize); Vienna, Austria, 1952; Guggenheim Museum, 1954; Karlsruhe Museum, Germany, 1955; Stanford University, 1955 (solo); New Mexico Highlands University, 1957 (purchase prize); Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1958; Swope Art Gallery Works Held: A&M College, New Mexico (mural); Art League of New Mexico; Cedar City Institute of Religion; Encyclopaedia Britannica; Miners Hospital, Raton, New Mexico (mural); Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; Research Studio, Maitland, Florida; University of New Mexico Further Reading: Artists of 20th-Century New Mexico: the Museum of Fine Arts Collection, Museum of New Mexico Press for the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, 1992.; The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West, Peggy and Harold Samuels, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1976.; Taos and Santa Fe: the Artist's Environment, 1882-1942, Van Deren Coke, University of New Mexico Press for the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, TX and the Art Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM: 1963.; Treasures on New Mexico Trails: Discover New Deal Art and Architecture: Kathryn A. Flynn ed., Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, NM: 1995.; Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Vol. 1. Peter Hastings Falk, Georgia Kuchen and Veronica Roessler, eds.,Sound View Press, Madison, Connecticut, 1999. 3 Vols. ©David Cook Galleries, LLC


  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
  • Dimensions

    H 21 in. x W 17 in. x D 2 in.

    H 53.34 cm x W 43.18 cm x D 5.08 cm

  • Gallery location
    Denver, CO
  • Reference number
  • Seller reference number
    DCG 15371

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2013
Typical response time: 4 hrs
Located in Denver, CO
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Untitled (Still Life with Flowers)
John Edward Thompson
Housed in a custom frame, outer dimensions measure 38 ¾ x 29 ¾ x 2 inches. Image size is 34 ¼ x 25 inches. Provenance: Private Collection, Arizona Exhibited: Dill Gallery, Denver C...
Shadow Variations (New Mexico)
Howard Schleeter
Housed in a custom hardwood and gold leaf frame, outer dimensions measure 26 ¼ x 30 ½ x 1 ½ inches. Image size is 17 ¼ x 21 ½ inches. About the artist: Howard Schleeter, the son of...
Untitled (Still Life)
Michel Patrix
Masonite, Oil
Still Life with two pipes by Michel Patrix. Presented in a custom frame, outer dimensions measure 24 ¾ x 12 ¾ x ¾. Image size is 21½ x 9.
Richard Hayley Lever
Housed in a custom hand-carved gold leaf frame; outer dimensions are 29.5 x 45.5 inches. image measures 22 x 38 inches. About the Artist: Born in Adelaide, Australia, Richard Ha...
You May Also Like
Still Life (double-sided)
Alfred Maurer
Oil, Board
ALFRED MAURER (1868-1932) Still Life (double-sided), n.d. Oil on board 22 x 13 ½ inches Signed verso: A. H. Maurer PROVENANCE Estate of Gaston Lachaise [Salander-O'Reilly...
"Still Life with Pineapples" Oil on Canvas, 1975
Jack Freeman
Canvas, Oil
This spring 1975 oil on canvas still life with a pineapple and coffee cup is by San Francisco painter Jack Freeman (1938-2014). Freeman studied at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta,...
Modernist Floral Arrangement in a Mod Vase 1957...
Helen Cartmell
Helen was a well known Michigan artist with national and international acclaim for her oil paintings and sketches. She was a member of many organizations including the Detroit Societ...
Still Life with Guitar
Tosca Olinsky
Oil, Board
Signed Upper Left "Tosca", and painted 1948. Provenance: Mongerson Wunderlich Galleries, Chicago Exhibited: New Directions in American Painting, Carnegie Institute, 1941 Daug...
Still Life of Roses
Jon Blanchette
Oil, Board
Signed lower left 'Jon Blanchette' and painted circa 1955. An elegant still-life of apricot-pink roses shown informally arranged in a plum-colored vase contrasted against a scumble...
The Green Shoes
Leon Loofbourow
Oil, Board
Signed lower right, 'Loofbourow', dated 1945 and titled verso, 'The Studio'. A substantial pointillist, oil interior scene showing a pink blouse and a powder-blue skirt draped over...
Still Life with Yellow Tulips
Emil Beithan
Canvas, Oil, Board
Signed lower right, 'Emil Beithan' and painted circa 1915. A lyrical, early twentieth century oil showing a view of yellow tulips informally arranged in a glass vase and set beside ...
Roses from Rene Garden original still life pain...
Tobias Harrison
Oil, Board
The original still life painting by Tobias Harrison is framed, stringed and ready to be displayed Tobias Harrison was born in 1950. He grew up in the Lake District where his parents...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries