One of three works I am offering by the artist, this is a watercolor on heavy quality watercolor paper, 22" by 30", signed at lower right "Zornes" and dated there '71, and titled on the reverse "Eskina (sic.) Tienda", Santurce (San Juan), the name of the artist and his address at the time in Mt. Carmel, Utah immediately below. Milford Zornes is an icon in the world of California watercolor painting, which has come to be known as the "California Style". Born in Oklahoma, he arrived in California in his late teens, at which time he began to receive art instruction. Zornes tried his hand at journalism, as well as engineering and architecture, before taking art classes from his contemporary Millard Sheets at Scripps College in Southern California. The Great Depression provided an environment in which watercolor painting could thrive, given the versatility of the medium and the lower costs of materials. The California Style was born, and continued to develop in the ensuing decades. Zornes became an active participant in that development. After working as a war artist during WWII, (which provided ample travel to exotic destinations in Asia and elsewhere), Zornes returned to Claremont, California, teaching at Pomona College. In the second half of his amazingly long and productive life, Zornes traveled the world, conducting workshops in Asia and Europe, the South Pacific and Latin America, painting all the while. Zornes was a friend of famous artist Maynard Dixon and his artist wife Edith Hamlin, and his remains are interred at the scenic property in Mt. Carmel, Utah at which he lived for many years (and, at which the remains of Dixon and his wife repose). The present work shows a corner store ("esquina" is the correct spelling, meaning "corner" in Spanish) in a suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The painting is executed in Zornes' unique style, with bright color and some stylized forms and figures. Condition is excellent. The work was found in upstate New York, and it was framed. In the course of shipping, the old glass cracked, so I have removed this from the frame, which is available at no extra cost (though, it is unimpressive and quite dated). See images of many more Zornes works on the net. SEE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP, including one other watercolor in color as well as a black and white work.
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