Patricia Stanley Cunningham. (1907-1984)

California School

THE PARIS PARADE, circa 1935


23  7/8  x  29  7/8 inches / 27 x 33 framed

Oil on board

Signed lower right: “Patricia / Cunningham”

Provenance:           Armand duVannes Gallery, Los Angeles, California     

                                                                    (since 1963)

                    Adamson-Duvannes Galleries, Downey, California

     THE PARIS PARADE is a canvas filled with exuberant energy and color.  This scene of Paris expresses the vibrant rhythm of the city along the

Place de l’Etoile: French soldiers on horseback, horse-drawn carriages, the pedestrians and Nuns on the street, and the neoclassic Arc de Triomphe, the top tourist spot in the city of lights.  The memorial flame seen in this historic monument was lit for the first time in 1923, and has never been extinguished.

     Patricia Cunningham was a modernist figure painter, sculptor, designer and muralist who earned her M.A. Degree from U.C. Berkeley.  She studied in Munich with Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) and with Andre Lhote (1885-1962) in Paris.  Settling on the Monterey Peninsula, she exhibited extensively and became the first woman to serve as President of the Carmel Art Association.