Aimée Annette Lozier (1900-1996), a lineal descendant of the 17th-century French painter Eustache LeSueur, was born in Oakland, California and began painting at leisure while working as a nurse in the mid-1920s. After studying art and philosophy in British Columbia, Lozier moved to New York, where she pursued studies in theatre and its various aspects of design, including stage setting, design and fabrics. Moving back to California, she attended the California School of Fine Arts and became a student under Otis Oldfield.
Lozier is most well-known for a number of historical character portraits she executed in oil, among them General Chiang Kai-Shek (1937) and Ti Huang Ti (1967), both received warmly by contemporary critics and audiences. Her paintings vibrate with bright colors applied by a loose yet careful touch. She also worked in pastels and pen and ink, often sketching local California landscapes that were exhibited in local galleries in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and Carmel. Many of Lozier’s paintings have also been displayed at the Crocker Museum (Sacramento) and the Oakland Museum.
By Cassie Wu
Clars Auction Gallery