(**ONE OF TWO BY THE ARTIST IN MY SHOP**) Oil on canvas painting of desert mountains, 14" by 18" (21" by 24 1/2" as framed), signed in pencil at lower left by the artist, GEORGE BARKER (1882-1965). This is a classic plein air work, with lush generous use of paint. The brooding desert mountains in the background are offset by a lighter foreground with desert shrubs creating a sense of scale. On the reverse an extensive 1960's biography of the artist remains affixed. That detailed bio describes how Barker was born in Nebraska to English immigrant parents. He taught art in Omaha between 1911 and 1921 before moving to Long Beach, California where he continued to teach art at high school. The artist was particularly knowledgeable about the art of Thomas Eakins. After 1929 he began to paint more intensively, creating mostly landscapes of Southern California in the plein air manner. By mid century he was a member of a number of local art associations, and he was the founder of the Santa Monica Art Association. Barker's works were exhibited even on the east coast and in the Midwest. He continued to produce paintings from his Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles) studio until his death in 1965.
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