Offered is a very nice still life by one of the more prominent early 20th-century painters in Northern California, Arthur Best (1859 - 1935). Painting measures 12" x 23" and is in a frame measuring 16" x 27".
Best was born in Mount Pleasanton near Petersboro, Canada. In 1895 Best moved to San Francisco where Arthur and his wife, Alice Leveque Best, established the Best Art School at 1625 California Street.
He became a staff artist for the San Francisco Examiner, and in 1904, did a series of Grand Canyon paintings. In 1905, he was commissioned by the Southern Pacific Railroad to paint pictures of the Southwest and Mexico. Many of his paintings were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
Arthur W. Best exhibited in major venues, receiving numerous awards, including a 1st prize at the Oregon State Fair in 1891. Later he exhibited at the San Francisco Art Association, Alaska-Yukon Expo and Bohemian Club, to name a few. His work is represented in a number of museums, besides notable private collections, including the Oakland Museum, University of Oregon, Charles M. Russell Gallery and others. Arthur and Alice were involved with not only art, but philosophy and political trends, much centering around Ansel Adams and his entourage. Arthur was actively painting until his death in 1935.
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