Transamerica pyramid San Francisco water color by Mark Luca
Offered is a water color and gouache of the infamous or famous Transamerica Pyramid which at one time dominated the architecture of San Francisco. It was at one time the tallest skyscraper east of the Mississippi and engendered a lot of hostility from S.F. planners. The architect was William Pereria. In this watercolor the essence of the building is captured without unnecessary detail which is the missing spire. The building across from it is a flatiron building where Transamerica was originally headquartered.
Because the building is white crushed quartz, I assume Luca wanted to capture its essence with black outline and light grey. He has captured a clear day in the city.
The painting frame measures approximately 40" high by 33" wide and the watercolor is 28 1/2" by 21". The frame is in decent condition and the mat is acid free. Luca did not sign it; however, I can provide authentication if desired. It is possible that it was signed on the back but I have not removed it.
Mark Luca was known primarily as a printmaker and exhibited. He had a Phd and taught art at U.C. Berkeley as well as co-authored a text.