Carolyn Shine 1952 Signed Oil on Canvas of Abstract Figures


An oil on canvas painting by the American artist Carolyn Shine (1918-2019). Displayed in a black and gold tone wooden frame, this abstract painting depicts a group of three men wearing white robes talking in a start tan landscape. The painting is signed by the artist to the lower left and is dated 1952.

Born in Cincinnati, Carolyn R. Shine graduated from Bryn Mawr College and also studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy. She actively took part in exhibiting her work during the late 1940s and early 50s including shows at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati. During the 50s, Shine became an assistant to the director of Cincinnati’s Modern Art Society, which later became the Contemporary Arts Center. She later left the Modern Art Society to become the registrar at the Cincinnati Art Museum, a position that eventually led her to become the first curator of the Costume Department at the museum. Shine’s works tend toward abstraction with a particular interest in city scenes.



21.75" x 25.75" x 1.5" (frame); 20" x 24" (canvas).

Condition notes:

There are some minor chips in the painting along the edges. Minor wear to the frame. Other age appropriate wear.

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