Out of the Darkness

Artist:Edith Ballinger Price
Date:1920
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Sight Size 22" X 27" Framed 27 3/4" X 32 3/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Exhibited Fine Art - Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts 1925
Price:$7,500.00 on sale $5,625.00
Full view of oil on canvas painting

Full view of oil on canvas painting

The artist's signature and frame corner profile, lower right

The artist's signature and frame corner profile, lower right

Framed view in original carved tramp art American folk art wood frame

Framed view in original carved tramp art American folk art wood frame

Grapefruit Moon Gallery is delighted to offer "Out of the Darkness", an exhibited fine art oil painting by the well-listed female Brandywine School artist Edith Ballinger Price. This ethereal view was painted in 1920 and exhibited in 1925 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts annual. Image features an inventive and inspired angelic mother enveloping her young children, one of whom is depicted as blind as was the artist's young adopted daughter.

Detail

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Fans of the American Arts & Crafts movement have become attracted to the Brandywine school, as the aesthetic of the artwork complements Bungalow and Prairie School interiors.

Verso exhibition label from 1925

Verso exhibition label from 1925

Verso view of untouched back canvas on original pine stretcher bars

Verso view of untouched back canvas on original pine stretcher bars

Edith Ballinger Price was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on April 26, 1897, the daughter of Eleanor French Richards Price and William Farmer Price. Influenced by her grandfather, landscape painter William Trost Richards, she started drawing at an early age and filled many notebooks with lively illustrations of scenes from books she read and the world around her. As a teenager Price studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and later at the New York Art Students League and the National Academy of Design.

In 1918 Price submitted a story, "Blue Magic," to St. Nicholas magazine for children. The story was accepted for publication in the magazine and in 1920 was published in book form. The success of this first story encouraged the author to keep writing and many stories and eighteen books eventually followed. Price's serials, short stories, poetry, and illustrations were published in such magazines as Collier's, The Portal, and Youth's Companion. Though Price's primary interest and love was for illustration, her publishers often hired other artists to illustrate her stories. This apparently still rankled many years later because the artist mentioned it more than once in her letters to Special Collections.

Edith Ballinger Price was interested in Girl Scouting and was instrumental in starting the Brownie Scouts program in the United States. She was the national chair or "Great Brown Owl" of the Brownies from 1925 to 1932. She wrote the first Brownie handbook as well as stories for Girl Scout magazines

In the early 1920s Price adopted Burchey May Perry, a child of two who had been born without sight. This daughter was Price's companion and primary interest throughout the rest of her life. My Lady Lee, published in 1925, is a fictionalized account of their early years together.

Ms. Price lived for many years in Newport, Rhode Island, and taught artistic anatomy at the school of the Art Association of Newport, of which she was a council member for twenty-eight years. In 1962 Price moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she worked at A.R.E. Press, a publisher of the works of psychic Edgar Cayce.

Edith Ballinger Price died in Virginia Beach on September 29, 1997, at the age of one hundred.



 

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