“The Creole Girl”
Portrait of a young girl in a pink dress with poodle
Louisiana, circa 1840
Oil on canvas, 41 ½ x 36 inches, with period carved frame.
A very rare Southern folk portrait from Louisiana depicting a Creole girl, with a notable provenance and exhibition history. Ex Mrs. William Sawitzky collection, pioneer folk art collector and art historian, acquired from an old Creole family in New Orleans prior to 1930, included in the landmark show “American Primitives, An Exhibit of the Paintings of Nineteenth Century Folk Artists,” at The Newark Museum in 1931, published Holger Cahill, American Primitives, An Exhibit of the Paintings of Nineteenth Century Folk Artists, no. 37 and Alice Ford’s 1949 book Pictorial Folk Art: New England to California, 70-71.
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