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Painter, b. 1876 - d. 1912

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    • Pauline Powell Burns (1876-1912 Oakland, CA)
      Mar. 22, 2016

      Pauline Powell Burns (1876-1912 Oakland, CA)

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Bulldogs, signed lower right: Pauline Powell, unframed oil on canvas, 11'' H x 24'' W, est: $3000/5000.

      John Moran Auctioneers
    • Pauline Powell Burns (1876-1912 Oakland, CA)
      Mar. 22, 2016

      Pauline Powell Burns (1876-1912 Oakland, CA)

      Est: $2,000 - $4,000

      Still life with fruit, signed lower center: Pauline Powell, unframed oil on canvas, 18'' H x 26'' W, est: $2000/4000. Note: Pauline Powell Burns was an early Bay Area artist considered to be the first African American woman artist to exhibit in California. A painter as well as a concert pianist, Powell exhibited still life paintings at the Mechanics' Institute Fair in San Francisco in 1890 and gave numerous public recitals in the Bay Area. She was descended from Elizabeth Hemings, a domestic servant at Monticello, and died at a young age from tuberculosis leaving no heirs. Burns' works are scarce and the largest collection can be found in the Oakland Museum of California.

      John Moran Auctioneers
    • PAULINE POWELL BURNS (1876 - 1912) Violets.
      Feb. 13, 2014

      PAULINE POWELL BURNS (1876 - 1912) Violets.

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      PAULINE POWELL BURNS (1876 - 1912) Violets. Oil on thin cardstock, circa 1890. Approximately 216x317 mm; 8 1/2x12 1/2 inches. Provenance: gift of Mrs. Elbert (Ann) Powell, Oakland, CA, to a private collection (1972); thence by descent to the current owner. With the provenance inscribed in ink on the verso. Violets is not only beautiful but is extremely scarce. It is the only example that we have located by an artist who was described as the first African-American painter to exhibit in California. Pauline Powell Burns, whose grandmother was a slave at Monticello, was born and raised in Oakland. She became known as both an accomplished painter, and a talented classical pianist who gave public recitals. Powell was described by James A. Porter in his Modern Negro Art as "a gifted woman artist at work in 1890...born in Oakland, June 27, 1876 and reared in a community that afforded her many advantages of education and environment. M. A. Majors in his Noted Negro Women reports that she produced very fine paintings, some which were exhibited in Oakland in 1890, and were the first works to be shown by a Negro artist in California." Porter p. 68.

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