Raymer Society Consignment Art Auction

Bebb, Maurice - etching on silk, good condition, 9x7

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Start price: $100

Estimated price: $200 - $300

Buyer's premium: 10%

Maurice R. Bebb was born in Chicago in 1891. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1913 and moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he lived the rest of his life. By profession, he was a florist and had no art training. He established a florist business in Muskogee (Bebb’s Flowers is still turning out corsages and arrangements today) and married his first wife, helen. When he was in his early 50s, he began to draw, and later wrote a friend that he had always been an artist but didn’t realize it until later in life. He studied original prints from other artists and read technical manuals, then began working on copper around 1943. Also around that time he befriended and received encouragement from Charles M. Capps, Arthur W. Hall, Leon R. Pescheret, F. Leslie Thompson and other well-established printmakers of the time, most of whom had formal training and had studied color etching in Europe or with master printmakers. Charles M. Capps was also a charter member of the Prairie Print Makers, a group Bebb later joined.

Condition: good