This is a large sized pastel, 20 1/2" by 29" (27 3/4" by 37" framed), the subject a favorite of the artist, the stunning sunset views over the marshes of Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco. The work, an especially fine example of Siegfried's output, is signed at the lower left corner. Siegfried's works are coveted in Northern California. His style is immediately recognizable, and although he worked in other media, pastel is what he is best known for. This example is in excellent, original condition. According to the biography in Hughes' "Artists in California", Siegfried was born into the comfort and affluence of a pioneer California family, his father a tea importer and partner in what became MJB Coffee. After serving in World War I, he began to paint in oils, without benefit of instruction. Soon he favored pastel, in which he seemed particularly adept. A large man in stature, he was actually shy and somewhat reclusive. He played organ for silent movies and worked for the WPA in the Depression years, painting California missions. Siegfried's works feature the Monterey coast, Lake Tahoe, Point Reyes, Marin County, and the marshes near his home, now covered by the concrete of the Alameda Naval Air Station property. Shipping could be difficult as there is a lot of glass which presents a danger, and the work is heavy. The ideal buyer would be able to arrange hand delivery. Allow for reflections in the sky.
EDWIN C. SIEGFRIED (1889-1955) California art pastel painting of sunset over the Alameda marshes