(**One of two works by the artist in my shop**). Unlike most commonly seen works by this artist, which are actually serigraph prints, this is an original oil on canvas painting, measuring 34" by 18" (unframed). The scene, which could be described as a floral fantasy, incorporating at least two human heads floating within the composition, is rather typical of the work of the artist, HERMANN DIETRICH (1916-2003). Dietrich's online profile has only in recent years become more developed. Born in Sweden in 1916, by age 22 the budding young artist was in Chicago for art training, and then in San Francisco, where by 1939 he was executing designs for projects relating to the Golden Gate International Exposition. Only a few years later Dietrich began a long run in Los Angeles, working for the entertainment industry giants, such as 20th Century Fox, Paramount Studios, Goldwyn, and Disney. After the war, he began to undertake a number of design projects for commercial sites such as hotels, banks, and even the S.S. United States ocean liner and Harry Truman's Key West, Florida Winter White House. In 1956 he began a business relationship which involved the creation of signed silkscreen prints, which became widely distributed. The success of this enterprise enabled him to concentrate on his fine art career between the 1960's and the mid 1990's at which time health problems began to limit his activity. See a website created by his son from memoirs his father left behind, detailing a long and successful career in commercial and fine art. The present painting has some condition issues, including a few small punctures which should be repaired, and some paint losses, showing as white spots in the images. The signature looks to be more recent than the remainder of the painting, but, I have no doubt that it and the work itself are by this artist and represent it as such. Possibly, the artist signed the work a long time after it was originally created. The artist lived in Pacific Palisades and the work was found here in the local area. I have seen many, many silkscreens, pencil signed by the artist, but actual oil paintings by him are scarce.
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