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Gladys Rockmore Davis (American/New York, 1901-1967), "Disrobing: Portrait of H. McGill", oil on canvas, monogrammed "G.R.D" lower right, titled en verso, 30 1/4 in. x 25 1/8 in., attractively framed, together with American Artist Magazine December 1953 issue with a Davis drawing of the same subject on the cover..

  • Note: Upon completing her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, Gladys Rockmore Davis worked for ten years as a commercial artist. After traveling in Europe in 1932, she lost interest in her advertising and fashion career and focused her attention on becoming a painter. After two successful one-man shows at the Midtown Gallery in New York City, an art critic wrote that Davis was "the ten-year wonder of United States Art". This engaging view of a woman's back reveals Davis' skill at depicting the human figure. Davis' son, Noel, moved to New Orleans in the late 1950s as an emerging artist on the national scene and became an integral part of the bohemian art community of the French Quarter. At this time, Noel Davis, as a tribute to his mother, assumed his mother's maiden name and began signing his paintings as Noel Rockmore.

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