Edith Varian Cockcroft was a woman of many talents, who first found success in painting before pursuing a second rewarding career in the textile industry and later applying her creativity to the world of ceramics.
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The large size and unique imagery of Peasant Women with Pigs allows us to conjecture that it is likely the painting titled Pig Market that Cockcroft showed in 1910 at the Pennsylvania Academy, the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and the City Art Museum of St. Louis, and later at the National Academy’s winter exhibition in 1912-1913. The amusing composition engages the viewer through its depiction of the villagers and their leashed animals and embodies the artist’s skillful technique of creating texture with her brushwork.
Private collection, Suffern, New York, until 1999
Private collection, New York, New York
(stamp verso of lining canvas) ESTATE / OF / EDITH VARIAN COCKCROFT
1). (likely) 105th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, January 23 – March 20, 1910, No. 340 Pig Market
2). (likely) Fifth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, May 11 – September 1, 1910 (no. 43 Pig Market), and later traveled to the City Art Museum of St. Louis, Missouri, September 15 – November 15, 1910, No. 44 Pig Market
3). (likely) Winter Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, December 14, 1912 – January 12, 1913, No. 503 Pig Market: Brittany