One of three works I am offering by the artist, this is a circa 1970 watercolor on paper painting, titled on the inner backing "Cliffs and Sea" and bearing there the artist's Utah address. The work measures 23" by 15" (31 1/2" by 22 1/2" as framed), and is signed at lower right by renowned California Style watercolor master artist MILFORD ZORNES (1908-2008). Affixed to the outer backing is an invitation to meet the artist at a downtown Tucson, Arizona gallery. 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 so-called "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 opportunity to 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 avidly 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, found in upstate New York, features a couple walking an ocean beach beneath steep cliffs. The painting is executed in Zornes' unique style, with deft use of color and stylized forms and figures. I opened this for inspection and encountered considerable difficulty in reassembling it all; truthfully, the original wood frame is neither attractive nor functional, but I will happily include it upon request. Condition of the work itself is excellent inside the old flimsy paper mat line, but my inspection revealed that the paper edges are discolored from old tape residues, and the paper's right edge is jagged, as shown. The flimsy blue paper mat was discarded after the photos were taken. Final photo was taken through taped glass, so allow for that. View 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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