Edmond James Fitzgerald (American; 1912 – 1989)
Untitled (Portrait), 1960
Oil painting on board
Signed and dated to the lower right
A 1960 oil painting on board by well listed artist Edmond James Fitzgerald (American; 1912 – 1989). The work depicts a full-length portrait of a young woman with short dark hair wearing a red pinafore over a white blouse. The piece is signed and dated to the lower right. It is presented in a gilt wood frame with a molded foliate and floral motif.
Renowned for his sea-landscape, landscape, portrait and genre paintings, Edmond J. Fitzgerald is prolific in a wide range of mediums including oil, watercolor, and charcoal. He is considered active in Washington, Seattle, New York and Cincinnati.
Fitzgerald grew up in the Seattle area, graduated from The California School of Fine Arts, and as a young man participated in an U.S. Geological Survey Expedition to Alaska. He is known for his love of painting the outdoors. A Naval officer during World War II, he later continued many years in the Naval Reserves, with many naval art assignments.
He is notably Influenced by Eustace Ziegler, and Alaskan landscapes. He married Mary Louise Streets, a ceramics student before the war, and moved to New York after the war. He taught classes at institutions such as a Parson’s School of Design, and the New York Academy of Design. A former president of the Allied Artists of America and the American Watercolor Society, Fitzgerald’s art is in permanent collections at the White House, George Washington University, the Seattle Art Museum and many others. He authored art books titled Painting and Drawing in Charcoal and Oil and Marine Painting in Watercolor. After Mary Louis Streets died he married Margaret Trent and relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio.
- droplet marks to the painting; signature obscured by the frame; minor marks and abrasions to the frame; cuts and tape to the backing paper to the verso; item examined outside of frame.
- measures frame; sight measures 8.25" W x 17.0" H.