Ella Wood (American/Louisiana, 1888-1976) , "Momus Maid Proclamation", 1922, ink and watercolor on paper mounted to board, unsigned, dated lower center, 20 1/4 in. x 12 1/2 in., framed, 21 in. x 13 1/4 in. x 7/8 in.

  • Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Ella Miriam Wood attended Newcomb Art School in New Orleans under the tutelage of Ellsworth and William Woodward from 1905 to 1908 where she was awarded the Fannie Estelle Holley Memorial Medal for proficiency in watercolor painting. She was a post-graduate student at Newcomb from 1910 to 1911 and listed as an instructor in watercolor for the 1912/13 school year. She later studied with William Merritt Chase in New York and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before returning to New Orleans. Wood excelled in both oil and watercolor, and she also taught private lessons. A member of the New Orleans Arts and Crafts Club, she exhibited there over three decades and also was included in group exhibitions at the Delgado Museum of Art in 1935 and 1940. She was an active part of the New Orleans art community in the first half of the twentieth century, creating commissioned portraits, landscapes, scenes of local life and occasionally working with Mardi Gras krewes. Ref.: Ormond, Suzanne. Louisiana’s Art Nouveau: The Crafts of the Newcomb Style. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing, 1976.
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