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Tulita Westfall (aka Tulita (Gertrude) Bennett Davis Westfall), American, (1889–1962)

Rooster and Hen

Oil on canvas
47 x 42 in. (119.38 x 106.68 cm)
Loan from the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration, WPA Federal Art Project, 1935-1942
Accession Number: L.2018.001.002

Gertrude (Tulita) Westfall was the seventh generation of her family to be born in Monterey's Casa Boronda (built in 1817 on the Mesa, near La Mirada). Tulita went to UC Berkeley where she majored in Fine Art under Pedro Lemos. This large decorative oil painting is pleasing to the eye in so many ways. The stylized birds stand among flowers that look like they could have escaped from a mille-fleurs French tapestry. The fenceposts follow the angles of the chickens and create a barrier, along with the Eucalyptus leaves from above, between the shadowed foreground and the sunny landscape in the distance. The colors reflect those of an art nouveau palette.

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