Cottage City by Mary Faulconer, contemporary American artist lithography, signed and numbered. Victorian decor lodge.

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Lovely 'Cottage City' by the contemporary American artist Mary Faulconer (1912–2011).

She is a popular artist, whose paintings and graphic prints are well-known in the U.S. and abroad.

She studied under Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art where she also taught in the Design Laboratory of the Museum School. She has in addition, served as Art Director of Mademoiselle Magazine and Harpers Bazaar. Her free lance work has appeared in Fortune, House and Garden, Life, Look, Seventeen, Town and Country and Vogue magazines.

Among her credits is a painting reproduced for UNICEF in 1972 and a commission to design six postage stamps for the United States. This issue, the Rose stamp, was the first United States multi-color stamp in booklet form.

Mary Faulconer is an artist of real elegance in the finest American tradition. She combines early American primitivism, trompe-l'oeil and a magical super- realism, which in spite of her careful attention to detail, remains fresh and charming and not at all obsessive or rigid. She authentically render the softness of pansies, the delicate tint of egg shells, images which evokes happy nostalgia for idyllic springs and summers. Mary's work is luminous and peaceful, a world where a casual arrangement of lacy dried leaves or flowers touch upon perfection. Her paintings are clean and flawless gems, delicately and brilliantly realized.

The art director for "Harper's Bazaar" magazine in 1940 and for "Mademoiselle" magazine in 1945, Mary Faulconer was also a designer and teacher of advertising from 1936 to 1940 at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art where she had been a student.

Her work was in the private collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, the Duchess of Windsor and Mr. and Mrs. John J. Whitney. She exhibited her work in galleries in New York City, HIlton Head South Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Rendered in detail, the Victorian homes with wraparound porches, intricate molding, and arched windows in this Mary Faulconer print each retain their own individual architectural decorations while remaining nearly identical in terms of plans and general layouts. While the house on the left has white trim carved in a more geometric, rectangular design, the house on the right has green, grey, and white trim with flourishing accents and organic forms.

Date: circa 1980
Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil
Numbered 42/ 250

Frame is 63.6 cm x 45.6 cm x 3 cm (2.3 kg). Good vintage condition with few little marks and some little scratches on the Plexiglas.

Artwork is 59 cm x 41,1 cm without margins and 44,2 cm x 25,5 cm with margins.

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