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Colette Pope Heldner (American/New Orleans, 1902-1990), "Quartier Saisons / 625 - Chartres St. / Vieu Carre / New Orleans, LA.", 1928, oil on artist board, signed lower left, fully inscribed, titled and dated en verso, 20 in. x 16 in., in a period giltwood frame. Note: Colette Pope Heldner painted a series of impressionist courtyard scenes of the Vieux Carre' during the late 1920s. Employing a light palette and painterly brushwork, these paintings often include the same Creole woman wearing a tignon. This work, titled "Quartier Saisons / 625 - Chartres St. / Vieu Carre / New Orleans, LA.", is a wonderful example of Southern Impressionism, rendered in colorful shades of lavender, blue, green and yellow. Depicting a verdant courtyard with hanging vines and potted plants, the tignon-attired woman stands in the center of the composition. Interestingly, Heldner inscribed "Mentioned in Sherwood Anderson's writings" on the reverse of the painting. The novelist Sherwood Anderson lived in the historic Pontalba Apartments adjoining Jackson Square, beginning in 1924 There, he and his wife entertained William Faulkner, Carl Sandburg, Edmund Wilson and other literary luminaries. Anderson was also friends with the artists William Spratling, Caroline Durieux, and Ellsworth Woodward.

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