Melnicoff, Mitzi (American, 1922-1972)
In the Garden II
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Greatly influenced by the colorful artwork of Henri Matisse, Mitzi Melnicoff’s paintings also share a love of fluid brushwork and patterns of light and shadow. Melnicoff’s preferred subject matter was on the commonplace and everyday- often depicting people sitting around talking, reading, sleeping or, as in the present work, lounging in a garden amongst dappled sunlight.
A native of Philadelphia, Melnicoff studied at Tyler School of Art from 1939 to 1943. She later worked as an illustrator for N.W. Ayers in Philadelphia and in the 1950s worked freelance for Columbia Records and magazines including, Fortune, Sports Illustrated and Cosmopolitan. She was an instructor at the Philadelphia College of Art from 1962 until her death in 1972. In 1973 the University of the Arts, Philadelphia held a memorial exhibition of her life’s work. Melnicoff’s paintings have been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art as well as in the permanent collection of the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia.