Carolyn Shine Mid-Century Oil on Canvas of Abstract Figures


A mid-century oil on canvas painting by the American artist Carolyn R. Shine (1918-2019). This painting depicts two abstract figures wearing blue robes with one holding a white crescent-shaped basket. The painting is displayed in a simple blue wooden frame.

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.



20.5" x 24.75" x 1" (frame); 20" x 24" (canvas).

Condition notes:

Age appropriate wear. Some craquelure present. There is a small chip in the paint on the left side.

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