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"Female Nude with Deer," Arresting Art Deco Painting by WPA Artist



An early and important work of Frederick Massa, who is best known for his murals for the Fort Ticonderoga Post Office and the Pacific Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, this fairy tale-like painting depicts a female nude with long, flowing blonde tresses with two placid deer. Massa's colors are muted but lovely, making the golden hue of her hair and the cobalt blue of her robe all the more arresting. The attenuated, almost Mannerist hands and neck of the figure are suggestive of other artists prominent in the 1930s and 1940s, such as Donald De Lue. (Dimensions include original frame and wood-grained matte.).


  • Creator
    Frederick Massa (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.5 in. (64.77 cm)Width: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86513766252

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