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AILEEN POWERS STEPHENS (1889-1982) California art plein air desert painting

AILEEN POWERS STEPHENS (1889-1982) California art plein air desert painting

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1980: Item # 1427466

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Oil on canvas painting of a desert landscape, 18" by 24" (27" by 34" framed), signed at lower right by the listed California painter AILEEN POWERS STEPHENS (1889-1982). The artist also dedicated it to her daughter Helen, in July 1978, on the occasion of the latter's birthday, in an inscription on the reverse. Stephens was born in Kansas into an artistic family. She was related to the important 19th century American sculptor Hiram Powers. Stephens studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and with Lorado Taft in Europe. By 1936 she was in Southern California, where she became a valued member of the Desert Art Center, painting through the 1950's and 1960's. The painting has a few abrasions, one at center right appearing almost as a desert whirlwind, and a dimple at upper left. On the reverse is an old handwritten label with title "Desert Sunrise/Smoke Trees".