Trompe L'oeil Composition(34 views)
Description: A Modern realist âtrompe lâoeilâ egg tempera painting by American female artist Catherine Catanzaro Koenig depicting a person curled up titled âPrayer Rug #2â³. Catherine C. Koenig was born Caterina Catanzaro in 1921 and grew up on the West side of Buffalo, NY. She graduated from Lafayette High School Buffalo in 1939. She exhibited a talent for drawing and painting early on and attended Albright Art School, where she graduated with an Associate's Degree in 1942. Her professional career as an artist began in the 1940s when she started to exhibit her work. From 1946-1956, she taught drawing and painting at the Art Institute of Buffalo. She married Buffalo artist James R. Koenig in 1947, and during the fifties she worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for several WNY area department stores and ad agencies. She was also actively working on portraiture throughout her career. Her art work evolved from American realism in the forties and fifties to nature-based abstraction in the 1960s. In the seventies she developed her signature style and subject matter: a blend of realism integrating surrealist combinations of still life objects and figures. Her primary medium was egg tempera, an early Renaissance painting technique which is quite rare in contemporary art. Her refined paintings and drawings have been exhibited in many sites locally and nationally including: Butler Institute of Art in Ohio, Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, NY, Oklahoma Art Center, Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Texas, the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, and Hallwalls Gallery in Buffalo NY as well as private galleries in Washington DC, London, New York City and Toronto.
Condition Report: Excellent Original Condition
Provenance: Acquired from the artist's estate
Dimensions: 25" (h) x 31" (w)
Artist or Maker: Catherine Koenig
Exhibited: Draw Near at Benjaman Gallery in Buffalo, NY (March 2015)
Medium: Egg tempura on board
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