(**ONE OF TWO WORKS BY THE ARTIST IN MY RUBY LANE SHOP**): Watercolor on heavy paper laid on board, 12 1/2" by 17 1/2" and 5" wide contemporary frame,the subject being an old (probably Southern California) ramshackle adobe with an orange tree gracing its dusty and tranquil yard. The work is signed at lower left and is not dated, but it is thought that Koch was most active in the early years of the twentieth century. According to the biography in Hughes' dictionary of California artists, he was the son of California artist Henry Koch (1846-1906). The younger Koch was born in Germany and came to the Philadelphia area as a youngster. By 1904 he was in Los Angeles, and a San Gabriel address as late as the year 1942 is recorded. There are some oils in the marketplace by this artist but most works are watercolors, always executed by an obviously very skilled hand. I have seen one painting in oil by the artist. This work is generally in very good condition, with the subtle color palette very similar to that used in the Yosemite Valley watercolor also for sale in my site. I've listed another work by the artist, of an old adobe house with an orange tree in the adjacent yard, also a beautifully executed painting. The artist deserves more recognition of his skill and I would hope the market will recognize that in future years. His work seems to be rather scarce and that is one reason he has not brought large numbers at auction. .
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