|Description: We offer a signed lithographic portrait of Marion Greenwood by John Carroll. The image is 9 ½” x 7 5/8” and it is signed twice along the lower margin. The signature on the left is printed, while the one on the right is written in graphite along with the edition number 21/32. The piece is presented in a contemporary silver reeded frame measuring 18 ½” x 15 ½”.
This stylized portrait of Marion Greenwood with kohl smudged eyes and inky halo around her wavy hair has a unique, noir sensibility. Greenwood was a distinguished artist herself and frequent subject of other artists' work. Her strong features and piercing gaze were legendary and inspired not only John Carroll, but Isamu Noguchi, Kondrad Kramer, Max Beckmann and others.
John Carroll (1892-1959) was born near Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in San Francisco and studied at the Mark Hopkins Art Academy and UC Berkeley. He made his way to New York City, where he worked for Tiffany Studios designing stained glass windows and traveled upstate to spend time at the artists' colonies in Woodstock. A Guggenheim Fellowship in 1929 funded a trip to Europe were he stayed for a number of years. Once back in the United States, Carroll was head of the painting department at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. He retired in New York City and East Chatham, New York. His work is in collection at the Whitney Museum and the Smithsonian Institute. His large painting, “Showgirl”, was recently on view as part of the Brooklyn Museum’s American Art collection.
Condition: Very good condition, not examined out of frame.