E. CHARLTON FORTUNE (1885-1969)
We are offering the complete suite of 7 finished framed murals depicting the Seven Sorrows of Mary - an important liturgical commission executed by E. Charlton Fortune in 1953.
''I have had two careers'', she stated in a 1968 interview for the Monterey Herald, ''One as founder of the Monterey Guild and the other as a landscape painter. Both were enormously interesting and both had their beginnings here.''
Fortune was a devout Catholic and in 1929 founded the Monterey Guild which was dedicated to ecclesiastical art. In the mid-1930s she abandoned easel painting for the liturgical arts and, with nine other artists, decorated over thirty Catholic churches across the country. In 1956 she received the Gold Medal Pro Excelsior et Pontifice from Pope Pius XII for her mosaic adornment of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City.