9'' 1/2 X 12''
Signed Lower Right In Pencil
Combining both modernism and realism, Mabel Alvarez became a well-known 20th century West Coast female artist of portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. She was born in Waialua, near the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii, and moved to California with her family who had made vast amounts of money from buying and selling land in Honolulu. She was the youngest of five children of Clementine Setza Alvarez and Dr. Luis Fernandez Alvarez, a government physician. Her father, a native of Spain and son of the business manager to the Spanish king's son, was providing medical care to Chinese and Japanese workers imported to Hawaii. He was later the personal physician to Queen Liluokalani and her husband. Mabel's mother was a great beauty from a prominent family of musicians in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her brother, Walter Alvarez, was one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a prominent Mayo physician who lectured widely. A nephew, Dr. Luis Alvarez, was part of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1968. Source ; American Art Review , David Forbes , Encounters With Paradise
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