Wang Wei (Great Poet and Painter), c. 1945
Oil on masonite
Signed lower left: "M. Weger". Inscribed verso: "PAINTED BY / MARIE WEGER / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED". This still-life by Weger is typical of her oriental still-lifes of the 1930s-1950s. It is also reflective of the influence of the Armenian-American painter Hovsep Pushman who popularized this type of still-life in the 1920s and 1930s through annual exhibitions at Grand Central Galleries in New York and through the publication of large color reproductions of his paintings. Many other American painters also chose to place oriental objects and exotic fabric into similar compositions, thus establishing a school of orientalist still-life.