Watercolor by Galen Russell Wolf (1889 - 1976) “Crab Boat Running the Reef”, California School Artist

For your consideration, a very fine watercolor by the California School painter Galen Russell Wolf (1889 - 1976). This work, entitled Gambastiani's "Crab Boat Running the Reef", is noteworthy for its modernist aesthetics reflected in the play between the boat and the abstracted foreground reef, the paintings strong vertical and horizontal lines, and the feeling of motion conveyed by the sweeping and repetitive foreground shapes. The painting successfully integrates Wolf's early figurative style with his later abstract works. The watercolor is in excellent condition and is in its original matt and frame with notations in the hand of the original owner. The matt has been cut in dimensions that crop into the paintings actual image area and there are several inches of image area that are hidden; these hidden areas can be easily revealed, which will add to the painting's size (see photos). Born in San Francisco, CA on April 19, 1889, Galen Wolf grew up and attended public schools in his native city. In 1900, he began studying art under the tutelage of Gertrude Boyle, already an acclaimed sculptress and secretary to Joaquin Miller. It was at Miller's enclave in the Oakland hills that Galen met such luminaries as Jack London, George Sterling, John Muir, and William Keith, the revered California landscape painter. Galen traveled abroad with his brother, grandmother, and aunts in 1905. He spent his fifteenth year making the Grand Tour of Western Europe and the Mediterranean, sketching and painting daily. He was most impressed and influenced by the work of the Impressionists in France and the ancient frescoes and mosaics he saw in Italy. A lifelong resident of California, about 1926 he moved south to Half Moon Bay where his grandparents had settled in 1846. As well as landscapes of that area and the Sierra Nevada, he also painted a series of the missions and the historic buildings of San Mateo County.

Although he worked in oil, he was primarily a watercolorist. Wolf was about 90 percent blind during his last 30 years but continued to paint at his studio on Frenchman's Creek Road until his death on April 11, 1976. His legacy was a body of work covering more than seven decades, which included series of the California missions, Sierra lakes and peaks, and a Federal Arts Project (WPA) commission that documented the vanishing architecture and landscapes of San Mateo County. Galen Wolf's paintings are in numerous public and private collections. He was a founding member of Thirty and One Artists and the Society of Western Artists.

Artist: Galen Russell Wolf (1889 - 1976)

Title: "Crab Boat Running the Reef"

Dimensions: 23" x 19 ½" Matted 19" x 15 " Creation: 1970's est.

Condition: Excellent, in original frame

Item ID: CS-141

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