Chet La More (1908-1980), "Mask". Acrylic on Canvas titled "Mask". Signed lower left. Canvas measures 11 1/2 x 15 1/2" high, framed 13 1/2 x 17 1/2" high overall. $550.00.
La More studied at the Colt School of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Art History and Criticism in 1932. During the Depression he was the editor of the Baltimore Art Association magazine, Art Voice. La More was employed by various federal art projects in Baltimore and later New York City, including the Works Progress Administration's Graphic Arts Project. His work during the 1930s emphasized social themes: unemployment, poverty, the impending war, and the struggles of a WPA artist to keep projects alive. He was also actively involved in the National Coordinating Committee of the Artists' Union and served on the editorial board of their magazine, Art Front. He continued to work during his World War II tour of duty Europe, producing small surrealistic watercolors. He taught in Buffalo at the Albright Art School and at the University of Buffalo, before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1947. La More wrote occasional reviews of the exhibitions at the University of Michigan Museum of Art for the Ann Arbor News and was an avid collector of African art. Best described as an Abstract Surrealist, La More explored a variety of mediums during his productive career. During his Michigan period he worked with welded bronze sculpture, large painted steel sculpture, acrylic painting with abstract linear themes His later works were notably dominated by his use of collage.