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Garden Landscape, circa 1910–1920
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches
Signed lower right: Maude Drein
Member: Philadelphia Ten Women Painters
Provenance: By descent, estate of the artist to Dixon-Hall Fine Art, Malvern, PA.
Courtesy of Dixon-Hall Fine Art

This recently discovered garden scene from the artist's estate is reminiscent of Maurice Prendergast (1850–1924) in its decorative surface patterning and bright fauvist palette. A native of Wilmington, Del., Maude Drein Bryant attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1899–1904) where she studied with Thomas Anshutz, Hugh Breckenridge, and William Merritt Chase. The keyed up colors and broad, broken brushstrokes in Garden Landscape pay specific homage to Bryant's academic training with Breckenridge.

Maude Drein Bryant is best known for her still lifes, which frequently include flowers and domestic accoutrements, particularly orientalia, executed in the style of the French postimpressionists. In 1923, she exhibited with the Philadelphia Ten, "large and gorgeous studies of flowers" (see Page Talbott & Patricia Tanis Sydney, The Philadelphia Ten, A Women's Artist Group, 1917–1945 [Philadelphia, 1998] and American Art Review [1998], 52). Bryant produced over 100 paintings between 1914 and 1930, which were purchased by clients in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and out west. Her Calendulas and Asters was acquired in 1914 by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she exhibited annually from 1914 to 1924. For information, ahall63470@aol.com.

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