Gouache on paper painting, 19" by 14", (23 1/2" by 18 1/2" as framed under Plexi), signed at lower left with the distinctive signature of well listed artist ROLAND STRASSER (1895-1974). This is a competently, confidently painted work showing a house as seen from the street, with an autumnal, yellowing willow tree and other vegetation. The artist is best known for the works he created while in Bali, Indonesia, these works featuring local female dancers. Such works have exceeded $75,000 at auction. Strasser was born in Austria of Basque descent. He studied with his father Arthur who was active in the Viennese Secession movement. In his mid twenties, the young Roland was already in Java, Indonesia. From 1920 to 1934 the artist traveled extensively in Mongolia, Tibet, Siam (Thailand), China, Japan, New Guinea, India, and Indonesia, settling for a decade in the latter. While there he established a fine reputation, having to hide from visitors in order not to be disturbed. With the war raging in Southeast Asia, he moved to the United States, where he died in Santa Monica, California in 1974. This work likely dates to that thirty year period between the move to the US and his death. The subject might well be a Mediterranean style house in Southern California. This painting is in excellent condition save for a small puncture at extreme top center, the backing having been penetrated at some point by a nail or other sharp object. Otherwise the piece is quite fresh. Framing is inexpensive and does not do justice to the work. See the net for images of Strasser's trademark Balinese dancers. .
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