Rostislaw Racoff “The Rose” Oil on Panel 1953
ROTISLAW RACOFF (1904 – 1982) Russia
The Rose 1953
Oil on panel, Dutch style ebonized frame
Signed: Racoff ’53 (lower left), R. Racoff Paris 1953, 64 (on back of frame), Far Gallery, 746 Madison Avenue, New York, Regent for 4-7287 (paper label)
Painting: H: 16 1/8” x W: 7 5/8”
Framed: H: 20 3/4″ x D: 12 1/4″
Other works by Rotislaw Racoff are in the permanent collection of the Fondation Dina Viemy – Musée Maillol in Paris
WALTER PAUL SUTER USA
AMERICAN ENCAUSTING TILING CO. New York, NY
Art Deco Seated Female Figure with Draped Skirt and Holding an Art Deco Vase 1929
Hand-modeled and molded cream glazed earthenware figure with gold and silver details on a separate, but matching black glazed earthenware base.
Signed: SUTER ‘29 (under glaze on back right hand corner)
H: 13″ x D: 7 1/2″ x W: 9″
Walter Paul Suter was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1902 and studied there at the School of Fine and Applied Arts. He moved to the United States in 1924 and settled in New York. He was a member of the American Ceramic Society, as well as the Society of Swiss Painters, Sculptors & Architects. In 1932 Suter won first prize in the Robineau Member Exhibition in Syracuse. He was a member of the American Encaustic Tiling Company in NYC.
VICTOR ARNAUTOFF (1896-1979) USA
The Felt Hat c. 1930
Oil on canvas, white gold frame
Signed: V. Arnautoff, lower right
Exhibited: Art Center San Francisco, 1931 (see image of the review in the San Francisco Examiner, July 12th, 1931)
For more information see: The New Deal for Artists, Richard D. McKinzie (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973), Coit Tower, San Francisco : Its History and Art
Painting: H: 26” x W: 21”
Framed: H: 32 ½” x 27 ½”
Victor Arnautoff created paintings and watercolors, focusing on portraits, still lifes and rural landscapes in his early years, and moved to more socially conscious themes later in his career. Arnautoff was a native of Russia, to which he returned during the 1960s after thirty years in the United States. He came to San Francisco from Russia via China, bringing his wife and children with him, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts studying with Ralph Stackpole and Edgar Walter before going to Mexico. There he worked as an assistant to the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. During the 1930s, Arnautoff worked as project director and one of the artists selected to create the famed Coit Tower murals, he played a key role in determining the political and social content of the frescoes painted in the San Francisco landmark. His own contribution, City Life, appears to be a lively, non-political melding of downtown San Francisco scenes; however, closer study reveals two leftist newspapers on the newsstand, while the city’s most mainstream daily, the San Francisco Chronicle, is strangely missing. Arnautoff also painted frescoes in the Military Chapel at San Francisco’s Presidio, in the Anne Bremer Library of the San Francisco Art Institute, and in high schools and other buildings in the Bay Area. He was a professor of art at Stanford University from 1939 until his retirement in 1963.