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This is a cool vintage untitled painting by artist and actress Elia Braca (Elia Braca Rose). It was painted in 1952 and is signed by the artist. It is in a vintage wood frame with a great patina. It measures 27.5" tall x 22" wide. This piece feels like it came off the set of a Wes Anderson movie or out of Gertrude Stein's apartment in Paris.
Braca was a fixture in the downtown arts and theater scene in the 50's and 60's. She in the legendary Westbeth artists housing complex in Greenwich Village until her death (she died either in late 2014 or early/mid 2015).
She was married to well known artist Herman Rose whose work was included in a 1952 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called “15 Americans,” which also presented works by Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko. Herman Rose had 20 more solo exhibitions, including shows at top galleries ACA Gallery, Zabriskie Gallery and Fischbach Gallery.
A portrait Rose did of Braca is included in the collection of The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC: http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=record_ID:hmsg_86.4029