Burr Singer - A Friendly Game - Oil on Masonite c 1940s P2889
There is a certain mordant humor evident in this examination of her circle's behaviors and characters that a "friendly" poker game can reveal. This is a truly splendid work, deeply evocative of its place and time: post-war bohemian San Francisco and Los Angeles. We long to know the identities of these players and kibitzers and characters.
Measures 20" x 23 3/4", frame is 25 1/2" x 29". Unsigned.
Burr Singer was concerned with the plight of workers, the lower classes and minorities. She frequently depicted scenes of laborers, African Americans and others, working, riding on buses, and in other Social Realist scenes.
Bernice Lee Singer was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1912, and studied at that city's School of Fine Arts, as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League in New York City, and in Taos, New Mexico, in private classes with Walter Ufer.
In 1939 Singer settled in Los Angeles where she was active in the California Watercolor Society and exhibited frequently throughout the state, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Art Gallery, and the San Francisco Art Association, among others. Singer also exhibited at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco and at the New York World's Fair. In 1942 one of Singer's lithographs was included in the highly-acclaimed "Artists for Victory" show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Burr Singer passed away in Los Angeles in 1992.