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SAM HYDE HARRIS (1889-1977) California plein air art pencil drawing with authentication
Pencil on paper drawing, 3 5/8" by 4 1/2", (10 7/8" by 11 3/4" as framed), the subject a line of towering trees and small sheds or houses scattered below them, apparently unsigned, but on the reverse is the authentication by Maurine St. Gaudens, who is considered an authority on the artist (and recent co-author of a hardcover attractive book on the artist and his colorful life). The artist is SAM HYDE HARRIS (1889-1977), an important and highly collectable California plein air artist and teacher. Harris was born in England and came to California at a young age. He became a commercial and advertising artist, and went on to refine his technique, eventually becoming a master at depicting the golden California landscape and its unique light, many works executed in his Alhambra studio with a view of the San Gabriel Mountains. Among the artists with whom he trained were the likes of Stanton McDonald-Wright, Frank Tolles Chamberlain, Laurance Murphy, Will Foster, James Swinnerton and Hanson Puthuff. In later years, Harris became an instructor who influenced many generations of artists with his distinctive, painterly, freely impressionistic style. This drawing seems to have been a study for one of his paintings as there are some abbreviated color notes the artist made to himself. Condition is excellent; brownish colors in a few areas seem to be accentuated by the camera, and are not noticeable to the naked eye. A "signature" on the mat in pencil is NOT by the artist. SEE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS IN MY RUBY LANE SHOP.
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