Ethel Pearce Nerger (American 1901-1985), "Calla Lillies, 1950", gouache on paper, signed and dated lower right, 21" x 18", new modernist gilt frame 29" x 25". This is a wonderful cubist work by a well known San Francisco , California , Bay Area artist. ETHEL PEARCE NERGER (American 1901-1985):
E.P. Nerger began her career as an artist , painting, in 1936. She attended the California School of Fine Arts studying under Spencer Mackly, Nelson Poole, Otis Oldfield, Robert Howard, William Gaw and David Park. In 1947, she worked in ceramics with Carlton Ball and in design with Marian Hartwell and Stanley Hayter. Nerger moved to San Francisco in 1932, where she was most active as an artist in the 1940’s and 50’s, including one-woman shows at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Oakland Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum. She also exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Nerger was a member of San Francisco Women Artists, the California Art Association and Artists Equity.