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Title: Victorian Still Life #1
Name: Lithograph
Date: 1930s
Period: Depression Era
Medium: Lithograph on paper
Signed: Minnetta Good in pencil lower right
Inscription: "Victorian Still-life #1" in pencil lower left
Classification: Prints and Printing Plates
Credit Line: Transferred from the Applied Art Department, Iowa State University. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museusms, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM82.252
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This floral arrangement consists of roses and other wild flowers in an urn. The lace in the image leads the viewer's eye to the focal point and divides the background space so that it appears more aesthetically pleasing. The drinking glass has a similar pattern as the lace. Look at the curve of the lace and the highest fern; they are the same. S-curves, like that of the human back, have been heralded as one of the more pleasing shapes found in the natural world.

Minetta Good was born in New york City in 1895. She received her formal art training from Cecilia Beaux and at the Art Students League under F. Luis Mora. Although a native New Yorker, Good lived in Freehold, New Jersey for most of the 1920s and 1930s.

She was a versatile painter highly talented in landscape, still life and figurative works. In 1932, she was awarded the prestigious Eloise Egan Prize for best landscape painting by the National Association of Women Painters. During the Great Depression, Good was an artist with the WPA (Works Progress Administration) and created a mural for the Dresden, Tennessee post office. (Adapted from