Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA




Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985) at Mission San Juan Capistrano

November 18, 2000 -January 4, 2001


Mission San Juan Capistrano will welcome an exhibition of the paintings of Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985), November 18-January 4, in the Barracks Gallery. Among the featured paintings is Alvarez's celebrated "Blue Madonna."

Alvarez was born in Hawaii and relocated to Los Angeles in 1906. In 1915, she enrolled in Los Angeles' leading art school, the School for Illustration and Painting, directed by William Vincent Cahill. She became a prolific painter in the 1920's and 30's, with her work being displayed in the most prominent art galleries in the United States.

In a 1990 essay Dreams, Visions and Imagination, Michael Kelley wrote, "The spiritual ideals that Alvarez sought seemed to exist in a parallel universe which was removed from the hard realities of normal, everyday existence. Consequently, her symbolic paintings are always staged in a distant idyllic world where less than ideal realities cannot intrude and dreams have become reality."


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