By listed Southern California artist BERTHA TOWNSEND COLER (1865-1948), a large, bulk group of unframed works that came from the liquidation of the contents of a Pacific Palisades home, the owners related to the artist. There were many, many works by the artist at the liquidation (see the framed oils elsewhere in my shop), a number of which I procured. Offered here as a group are 23 watercolors (5 double-sided), and one unstretched oil landscape.
TWELVE of the works are signed. Measurements are 11 1/2" by 16" (the lone oil), and the rest are in a range, the smallest 8 3/4" by 10 1/2", with four approximately the 10" by 12" area; the roses works, two are 11 1/2" by 14", two are 14" by 20"; most works are in the 18" by 24" area, and the very largest is 27" by 24". I have endeavored to photograph most if not all but a few may not be pictured. Coler was born in Ohio and studied with Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase in New York City. By 1928 she had moved to Santa Monica, California and for the next two decades was a prolific painter in watercolor and oil, concentrating on portraits and still life, with some landscapes in the mix. Coler was a member of Women Painters of the West; she exhibited at the Santa Monica library in 1933, at the Santa Monica Art League in 1934, and at the prestigious Golden Gate International Exhibition in San Francisco in 1939. I was fortunate to have acquired a number of these works. Most were still life paintings, with a few portraits; the most impressive works genre scenes of Chinatown (I believe, Los Angeles' Chinatown). MORE PHOTOS HAPPILY PROVIDED UPON REQUEST.