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Visions of the North: Minnesotan Art & History

Tue, May 21, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 26

Alice Hugy "Hollyhocks" Oil Painting

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

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Alice Elizabeth Hugy (Swiss/American, 1876-1971). Oil on canvas painting titled "Hollyhocks" depicting a field blooming with abundant wildflowers.

Alice Hugy, a Minnesota impressionist born in Solothurn, Switzerland, in 1876, moved to St. Paul at the age of six and began her art studies at St. Paul’s School of Fine Arts. She further honed her skills in New York and exhibited her work at prestigious venues like the Minnesota State Fair, Art Institute of Chicago, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Hugy was not only a talented artist but also a commercial artist involved in WPA projects during the Depression. Known for her joyful still lifes and landscapes capturing scenes of Lake Phalen and the Mississippi River, Hugy was a pivotal figure in the St. Paul art colony and associated with artists like Paul Manship, Edward Brewer, and Clement Haupers. She is featured in the book "Pioneer Modernists - Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists," alongside other renowned Minnesota artists such as Wanda Gag, Clara Mairs, Elsa Laubach Jemne, Frances Greenman, Evelyn Raymond, Jo Lutz Rollins and Ada Wolfe.

Unframed; height: 16 in x width: 24 in. Framed; height: 17 1/2 in x width: 25 1/2 in x depth: 1 3/4 in.

Condition

The colors are bold and bright. The surface is not stable and there are numerous losses throughout. No signs of restoration under UV light. Light wear to the frame.

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