— Williamsburg Oil Paintingwoman Mary Jane Davenport died Sunday at the age of 88.
Davenport was born on Nov. 10, 1912, in the town of Bremen, Germany.
Her family had been active in the art community for years and she had been an assistant painter to one of its leading painters, Georg Wilhelm Munk.
The painting of her family in front of the German town of Wuerzburg, where she lived and worked as a painter, was part of a large collection of art that Davenports kept in her home in Wuerzbach, west of the capital.
The collection includes oil paintings and works by other artists.
Davonport, who had a son and daughter, died in the early hours of Sunday, her son David Davenstock said in a statement.
She had been hospitalized for several months with pneumonia.
Her work was among those of German painter Georg Wilhelm Nitsch that are considered the world’s most famous oil paintings.
Nitsch was born in Austria in 1894.
He was trained as an oil painter in Würzburg and lived in Germany before moving to the Netherlands in 1912.
He died in New York City in 1944.
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesDavenports mother was an active member of the art world and had been a painter for more than 50 years.
She painted her children and grandchildren at a time when the United States was experiencing the Great Depression, according to David Davey, a member of her painting family.
Davey said Daven Port had been working as a paint-by-number artist for years in New Orleans when she was diagnosed with pneumonia on Sept. 20.
She was in good spirits when she died.