For over forty years, the Washburn Gallery has organized carefully selected exhibitions of works by major American artists. The gallery opened on Madison Avenue in 1971 and immediately was recognized by museums and collectors for the quality of its shows. During the inaugural season, the gallery presented the first New York exhibition of paintings by Joshua Johnson (active c. 1797 - c. 1820), one of the earliest known African American artist, major paintings by Martin Johnson Heade; and in contrast, 1930s and 1940s abstract paintings by Jean Xceron. The Washburn Gallery has continued an active, innovative schedule of exhibitions including...

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Thirteen paintings on view in the Washburn Gallery exhibition cover five decades from 1929 to 1969 and show how Mason gradually evolved from biomorphic abstraction in the 1930s to hard edge geometric work in the 1940s.

In a Preface to the book on her mother published by Rizzoli Electa the week of March 16th, Emily Mason, daughter of Alice Trumbull Mason, wrote:

When I look back on my mother, I also remember someone who was resilient and driven by her principles. She was first and foremost an abstract painter — a pioneer of her time from pioneer stock. She was the only abstract painter on view at the Washington Square Art Show in 1935 amongst the 400 participants.
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Untitled, 1929
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Untitled, 1929
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 24 in.
    $ 110,000.00
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Spring, 1931
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Spring, 1931
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 26 in.
    Sold
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Untitled, c. 1939
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Untitled, c. 1939
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 40 in.
    Sold
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Colorstructive Abstraction, 1944
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Colorstructive Abstraction, 1944
    Oil on masonite
    28 x 20 in
    $ 125,000.00
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Small Forms Serving Against Large, 1949
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Small Forms Serving Against Large, 1949
    Oil on panel
    26 1/4 x 36 1/4 in.
    $ 160,000.00
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, The Beehive, 1950
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    The Beehive, 1950
    Oil on board
    20 x 16 in.
    $ 100,000.00
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Staff, Distaff and Rod, 1952
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Staff, Distaff and Rod, 1952
    Oil on canvas
    34 3/8 x 42 in.
    $ 175,000.00
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Magnitude of Memory, 1962
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Magnitude of Memory, 1962
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 26 in.
    $ 120,000.00
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Trinity #6 (with Biomorphic Shadow), 1968
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Trinity #6 (with Biomorphic Shadow), 1968
    Oil on canvas
    29 x 37 in.
    $ 130,000.00
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, Trinity #5, The Right Angle of Trinity, 1968
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    Trinity #5, The Right Angle of Trinity, 1968
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 38 in.
    $ 130,000.00
  • Alice Trumbull Mason, #1 Towards a Paradox, 1969
    Alice Trumbull Mason
    #1 Towards a Paradox, 1969
    Oil on canvas
    19 x 22 in.
    $ 125,000.00

During the 1960s at an evening session of “The Club,” Alice was seen by Ad Reinhardt leaving early and he remarked:

Were it not for Alice Trumbull Mason, we would not be here nor in such strength.

It is interesting that Robert Pincus-Witten quoted Ad Reinhardt in the 1973 Whitney Museum catalogue for the retrospective exhibition the museum organized of paintings by Alice Trumbull Mason. The show also travelled.

For for further information, contact the Washburn Gallery.