Mary Catherine Sinclair, 1914 - 2004
American Impressionist Painter, NJ
Japanese baby girl flying kite
oil on canvas 27 x 17 inches
Signed "Mary San," dated 1968
In fine silver metal over wood frame
overall size 33 x 23 inches
Condition: Recently cleaned, with small spots of
in-painting, none on girl or kite. Excellent presentation.
Provenance: This painting and several others by this
artist were purchased from Mary Sinclair's friends in New Jersey.
This is a most beguiling depiction of a Japanese
baby, and it is signed Mary San, the honorific way of addressing an
artist in Japanese. It is dated 1968. Mary Sinclair was married to
artist Will Barnet in the 1930s and 1940s. It is our understanding
that Sinclair died in New Jersey.
During the 1930's and 1940's, when she was Mrs.
Barnet, Mary Sinclair taught Studio Art in the lower school at Birch
Wathen on 93rd Street and Amsterdam Ave. The school is now Birch Wathen-Lennox
and is located at 210 East 77th Street.
Ms. Sinclair changed her style in later years,
experimenting with bright colors in a more modernist style. This
painting is a fine example of her middle-career figural impressionist