Pencil on paper drawing, 11 1/2" by 8 3/4", signed at lower left and dated 1927, titled at lower right "St. Spirito/Florence". The subject, the church of Santo Spirito, is a famous Renaissance church in Florence, parts of which date to the 1400's. The artist, RANDOLPH CHALFANT HEAD, (also known as Chalfant Head) was a student at the Art Students League of Los Angeles early in the century. He spent considerable time in Europe, where he painted with Morgan Russell in France. Back in Los Angeles in 1927, he was exposed to the progressive, burgeoning, highly intellectual art scene that had been developing there, a scene largely ignored by east coast and European critics. That same year, evidently just before his return to California, this drawing had been created in Italy. Stanton MacDonald-Wright was a major figure in intellectual art circles at that time in Southern California, and his influence turned Head toward Synchromism. By the mid century years, Head had become an accomplished architect, creating architecture that is still sought after today by esoteric homebuyers. A mid-century home designed by him in Fillmore, California, and now for sale, is currently featured on internet sites catering to buyers of antique and modern architectural masterpieces. He was based in Los Angeles and nearby Ojai, where an architectural firm came to bear his name. After the architecture career, Head returned once again to painting. Apparently he was artistically active until about three years before his death. I have not been able to locate a birth date for the artist, but it would appear that he was quite young when he created this particular drawing. Condition: generally good, overall browning of the paper, especially near the edges of the mat. When found this was framed but the inexpensive frame is falling apart (available possibly upon request, but, it is not very useful in its present state). The drawing is laid on a board. The mat is affixed loosely over the drawing around the periphery, so basically you would want to remove the old mat and place a new one in its stead.
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