Fine original woodblock print signed in pencil by Charles Surendorf. The subject of this work is State Street, Columbia, California. Columbia is well known as a gold rush town. More information about the artist is listed below. This is a fantastic print measuring 16.25 by 11.5 approximate inches (plate) and 17.75 by 13 inches overall including margins. Nice crisp image on a tissue type artist's paper. A nice looking WPA era print done in a regionalist style. A great offering sure by a well known and respected California WPA artist sure to compliment any fine American print collection.
Condition: Very good.
Charles Frederick Surendorf [1906-1979] was a painter and printmaker born in Indiana and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. He moved to San Francisco Bay Area in 1935 where he was active in the art scene. In 1946 , he settled in Columbia, California in the Sierra foothills. He produced works with an historic California theme of the rough and tumble life of the old mining country somewhat in a regionalist style like Thomas Hart Benton. His style is readily identifiable with his use of vibrant colors and bold compositions done in an expressionist manner. He was a member of the California Society of Etchers and the San Francisco Art Association. He exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Academy of Design.
Fine Early 20th Century Woodblock of State Street, Columbia, CA Gold Rush Town by Listed WPA Artist Charles Surendorf