Springtime in the Mountains

Springtime in the Mountains

c.1961
Artist
Ethel Magafan, American, 1916-1993
Born: Chicago, IL
Country
United States
Object
painting
Medium
Tempera painting on board
Accession Number
2018.656
Credit Line
Julie and Robert Lewis Collection

Ethel Magafan, Springtime in the Mountains, c. 1961. Tempera paint on board; 40 x 50 in. Denver Art Museum: Julie and Robert Lewis Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 2018.656.

Dimensions
height: 40 in, 101.6 cm; width: 50 in, 127 cm
Department
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
Collection
Petrie Institute of Western American Art
This object is currently on view
Ethel Magafan grew up in Colorado and studied with Frank Mechau, who taught her the technique of mural painting. She won numerous government-funded mural commissions before relocating to Woodstock, New York. There, Magafan established a long and successful career as an artist. This painting reflects her embrace of abstraction combined with her love of the Colorado Rockies, to which she regularly returned for inspiration. Ethel Magafan se crió en Colorado y estudió con Frank Mechau, de quien aprendió la técnica de la pintura mural. Ganó numerosas comisiones de murales financiada por el gobierno antes de reubicarse en Woodstock, Nueva York. Allí, Magafan gozó de una larga y exitosa carrera como artista. Esta pintura evidencia su adopción de la abstracción, además de su amor por las montañas Rocosas de Colorado, a las que regresaba regularmente para inspirarse.