Oil on canvas painting of a small house in the trees, 22" by 26" (28" by 32" framed), signed at lower right "Stahl" and dated there "42", titled on reverse "In Laurel Canyon" and signed and dated again there. This is an early work by the important, well-listed American illustrator artist and art educator BENJAMIN A. STAHL (1910-1987). Stahl was Chicago-born, and traveled to Mexico and apparently California as well, before settling into Weston, Connecticut and eventually, Sarasota, Florida. Stahl studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before launching an impressive career in American illustration. he worked for the Saturday Evening Post, among other prestigious publications. His name appears in most comprehensive works on American illustration art, including the landmark "The Illustrator in America" by Walt Reed, and paintings and drawings from Stahl's hand appear frequently at auctions around the nation. This painting is in excellent condition. Laurel Canyon of course is the famous, celebrity-studded neighborhood of Los Angeles, and a favorite nest for artistically-talented people. This work was likely created when Stahl was visiting or living in Los Angeles during his early 30's. See the net for much, much more on Stahl's long career in the fine arts.
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