**ONE OF THREE WORKS BY THE ARTIST IN MY SHOP** Oil on canvas laid on board landscape of the California desert in appealing high-key almost electric pinks and lime green colors, (bold, for their time), 18" by 24" (26 1/2" by 32 1/2" framed), signed in the paint at extreme lower right by artist GEORGE BARKER, JR. (1882-1965) and dated there "Sept. 3. 1926". On the reverse is an original exhibition label of the Long Beach Art Association and a later estate stamp of the artist. This is a rather early work by this talented California impressionist artist. 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. The painting is in excellent condition save for some bowing of the board. A new gold frame would be a very wise investment, as it would truly transform the appearance of the entire work.
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