Street in Provincetown exemplifies the bold brushwork and vibrant colors Meeser often painted with, depicting the trees in patches of blues and greens and the passersby in broad, gestural strokes. Sunlight floods the painting, and even the shadows are cast in lighter tones with rich purples, blues, and reds popping throughout the composition.
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Lillian Burk Meeser was an integral member of many arts organizations, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the North Shore Arts Association, the Provincetown Art Association, and the Detroit Society of Women Painters. She exhibited annually at the Pennsylvania Academy from 1901-1903 and 1916-1936, winning the Mary Smith Prize for Best Work of a Philadelphia Woman Artist in 1924, and also showed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in 1916, 1921, and 1932. Today, her work is in the public collection of the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania, which owns The Green Bottle, the painting that earned her the Mary Smith Prize.
Private collection, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
(verso of board in pencil) St. in Provincetown / $100.
(artist’s label) FROM / Mrs. Lillian B. Meeser / Crozer Campus / Chester, Pa