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PAUL LAURITZ (1889-1975) original pencil and ink drawing "Teton Mountains" by well listed California artist
Mixed media drawing, likely charcoal and ink, titled at bottom center "Teton Mountains", and signed at lower left by the well listed California artist PAUL LAURITZ (1889-1975). The drawing measures 11" by 15", the entire unframed sheet 15" by 19 1/2". Lauritz is considered one of the important plein air painters, a number of works having exceeded $25,000 at auction. Born in Norway in an area favored by artists, he was exposed to art at an early age, and in fact was encouraged by important Norwegian artists Frits Thaulow and Christian Kroger. In his mid teens he traveled to eastern Canada to pursue work in mining, and shortly thereafter he moved to western Canada and then Alaska in search of gold. While in Alaska he met Sydney Laurence and exhibited alongside him. Able to find only commercial art work in the Pacific Northwest, he settled in Los Angeles in 1919 and began what became a very long painting career. Lauritz painted the desert, mountains, California's coast, snow scenes, and other landscapes of the west. He exhibited widely and came to be a very active member of the Southern California and Los Angeles art community. The drawing is in good condition, with some smearing of the charcoal especially at lower right quadrant. Top right extreme corner of the sheet, well away from the drawing area, is brittle and liable to break free.
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