Thomas Brownell Eldred (American, 1903 – 1993)
Untitled (female portrait)
Oil painting on canvas
Associated with the American Abstract Artists group, Thomas Eldred is prominently known for his modernist abstract paintings and printmaking, strongly influenced by famed artists Miró, Picasso, Arp, Braque, and Kandinsky. He began his formal artistic training at the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduating, Eldred further pursued his artistic career and moved to New York, refining his technique while continuing his education at the Art Students League, working under the likes of historically renowned artists Thomas Hart Benton, Guy Pene DuBois, Helen Gardner, and Boris Anisfeld. In the 1930s, the artist taught at the Brooklyn Museum of Art under the WPA program. Eldred went on to study at the Atelier 17 and subsequently moved to Paris, and in doing so established his distinctive, signature painting style and content for which he became recognized. Eldred’s oeuvre has been collected and exhibited by numerous prestigious institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Museum of Fine Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Virginia Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and many others.
- abrasions; discolorations; smudges; craquelure throughout.