Unknown Painting

Unknown Painting

C. 1919-1922?

12″ w x 9 h”
Oil on canvas

Unknown Painting

Marian and Unknown Painting
Marian and Unknown Painting close up

Image credit: Old Newspaper clipping

This painting was likely one of her earlier ones as her earlier works were much smaller. It is really hard to tell what this painting is but it’s a lovely portrait of Marian.

Guam Church

Guam Church

C. 1942

15″w x 12″h (?)
Oil on canvas

Guam Church

Guam Church - Marian Spore Bush

Image credit: Park Ave. Social Review

Marian stayed for several months with her brother James Spore in 1919 while he was acting lieutenant governor in Guam for a year. While there, she started to paint and couldn’t stop. These Memories of Guam paintings were done much later around 1942 and are quite small compared to her other works. Marian said these Gaum series were the only paintings they were done entirely by herself and not “They.” 

 

 

Guam House

Guam House

C. 1942

15″w x 12″h (?)
Oil on canvas

Guam House

Guam House - Marian Spore Bush

Image credit: Park Ave. Social Review

Marian stayed for several months with her brother James Spore in 1919 while he was acting lieutenant governor in Guam for a year. While there, she started to paint and couldn’t stop. These Memories of Guam paintings were done much later around 1942 and are quite small compared to her other works. Marian said these Gaum series were the only paintings they were done entirely by herself and not “They.” 

 

 

Roses

Roses

C. 1922-29

12″ w x 9″ h
Oil on canvas

Basket of Roses

Rose Basket - Marian Spore Bush

Image credit: Private Collection

This painting is one I own. It is signed “Marian Spore” so I know it was painted sometime between 1922-1929 before her marriage to Irving T. Bush. The small painting is a great example of her bas-relief technique. 

 

 

Woman on a Bird

Woman on a Bird

C. 1930?

Dimensions unknown
Oil on canvas

Woman on a Bird

unknown painting - Woman on a Bird

Image credit: Daniel Oliver Gallery

This photo that was distributed for newspaper use features a painting that appears to be a woman on a fantastical bird-like creature, perhaps flying over water and a rocky shore. The photo was dated 1930 and was probably one of the many images used by newspapers to announce Irving T. Bush had married “The Angel of the Bowery” or that “psychic painter.”

 

 

 

The Money Lender

The Money Lender

C. 1930s

Dimensions unknown
Oil on canvas

The Money Lender

House - Marian Spore Bush

Image credit: 

I do not have an image of this painting but it was described as having a man with a hooked nose and greedy-looking face chained to an account book. A pair of vultures, also with hooked beaks hover over a rough sea, probably in the background. I’ve also seen this painting called “The Pawnbroker” and I assume they are one and the same.

 

 

 

 

House

House

C. 1919-1922

24″w x 18″ h
Paint on cardstock

House and Garden

House and Garden- Marian Spore Bush

Since Marian’s paintings first appeared in one of Slotins Folkart Auction’s 2015 auctions, the auction house has been the primary source for sales of her artwork. During their Spring Self-taught Art Masterpiece Sale on April 22-23, 2023, a lot of 20 very early mixed media paintings on paper and cardstock were up for auction. The paintings varied in condition from “fair to great,” and their provenance came from Marian’s great-niece.

All of the pieces from this auction lot were wrapped with plastic, so you’ll notice that in many of the photos.

 

 

 

 

Farm

Farm

C. 1919-1922

24″w x 18″ h
Paint on cardstock

Farm

Farm - Marian Spore Bush

Since Marian’s paintings first appeared in one of Slotins Folkart Auction’s 2015 auctions, the auction house has been the primary source for sales of her artwork. During their Spring Self-taught Art Masterpiece Sale on April 22-23, 2023, a lot of 20 very early mixed media paintings on paper and cardstock were up for auction. The paintings varied in condition from “fair to great,” and their provenance came from Marian’s great-niece.

All of the pieces from this auction lot were wrapped with plastic, so you’ll notice that in many of the photos.

 

 

 

 

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

C. 1919-1922

24″w x 18″ h
Paint on cardstock

Water Lilies

Water Lilies - Marian Spore Bush

Since Marian’s paintings first appeared in one of Slotins Folkart Auction’s 2015 auctions, the auction house has been the primary source for sales of her artwork. During their Spring Self-taught Art Masterpiece Sale on April 22-23, 2023, a lot of 20 very early mixed media paintings on paper and cardstock were up for auction. The paintings varied in condition from “fair to great,” and their provenance came from Marian’s great-niece.

All of the pieces from this auction lot were wrapped with plastic, so you’ll notice that in many of the photos.

 

 

 

 

Swans

Swans

C. 1919-1922

24″w x 18″ h
Paint on cardstock

Swans

https://mariansporebush.com/red-ship

Since Marian’s paintings first appeared in one of Slotins Folkart Auction’s 2015 auctions, the auction house has been the primary source for sales of her artwork. During their Spring Self-taught Art Masterpiece Sale on April 22-23, 2023, a lot of 20 very early mixed media paintings on paper and cardstock were up for auction. The paintings varied in condition from “fair to great,” and their provenance came from Marian’s great-niece.

All of the pieces from this auction lot were wrapped with plastic, so you’ll notice that in many of the photos.