(**ONE OF TWO BY THE ARTIST IN MY SHOP**) Oil on canvas painting of a high snowy mountain range, 16" by 20" (23 1/2" by 27 1/2" as nicely framed), apparently unsigned by the artist, but bearing his estate stamp on the reverse canvas, by GEORGE BARKER (1882-1965). This is a classic plein air work, with lush generous use of paint. The high mountain could be in California, or perhaps another state in the west; Barker was known to have painted in Taos, New Mexico. On the reverse of the OTHER Barket painting I am offering, is an extensive 1960's biography of the artist. That detailed bio describes how Barker was born in Nebraska to English immigrant parents. He taught art in Omaha between 1911 and 1921 before moving to Long Beach, California where he continued to teach art at high school. The artist was particularly knowledgeable about the art of Thomas Eakins. After 1929 he began to paint more intensively, creating mostly landscapes of Southern California in the plein air manner. By mid century he was a member of a number of local art associations, and he was the founder of the Santa Monica Art Association. Barker's works were exhibited even on the east coast and in the Midwest. He continued to produce paintings from his Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles) studio until his death in 1965. The painting is in excellent condition save for a small pressure-thinned area in the sky, not quite a full puncture; see images.
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