Theresa Pollak (Richmond, VA, 1899 – 2002)
Title: Portrait of Ramona van Nortwick
Medium: Oil on panel
Dated: 1932, signed lower left, signed and dated on verso and inscribed in the artist’s hand, “Mastic Varnish May 1933.”
Panel size: 16 x 22 inches, still has original wooden frame.
Descended through the family to the present owner.
Addendum notes for Theresa Pollak painting “Portrait of Ramona van Nortwick”, 1932:
According to Tracy Bernado, she found a reference Theresa's deep friendship with Ramona among her writings. Ramona (formerly Ramona Staples) was a native and resident of Richmond until she met and married her husband, Oliver van Nortwick, and moved to Greenville, NC.
Ramona was a Richmond resident. Her maiden name was Ramona Staples, of Richmond, VA. The artist and subject were personal friends (according to personal writings of the artist on file at VCU), researched by Tracy Bernado. It is Ramona after a dance session.
The piece is in unbroken provenance with the family from 1934 to 2016. Was always on the family walls.
Signed and dated on the back, “Theresa Pollak, Richmond, Va. February 1932”, and “Mastic Varnish May 1933”. Signed on front at the bottom left. According to present owner, the painting has never been touched up or restored.