Story by Jim Graves.
A photo of Ms. Alvarez is shown on the left. This picture was taken at a retrospective of her work in Los Angeles in March, 1983, exactly two years before her death.
The picture on the right shows the Alvarez family home, in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles, as it looks today. The Alvarezes lived there from January, 1929 until 1938, the year after Mabel's father died.
The January, 1996 issue of American Art Review (volume 7, number 6) contains an article on the travelling exhibition titled "Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945." Dr. Patricia Trenton, curator of the Los Angeles Athletic Club wrote the article which features Alvarez's Self Portrait, 1923, in the collection of Janet L. Alvarez.
A retrospective of the art of Mabel Alvarez has toured to four California museums in recent years.
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