**One of several works by the artist in my shop** Ink drawing on heavy Strathmore art paper, the subject the familiar cathedral at San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The unframed work measures 28 3/4" by 23", and is signed by the artist at lower left and dated there 1953. The Illinois-born Lutz is known today for his urban landscapes and genre subjects, often painted with bright color and with heavy impasto. In the late 1920's he began art instruction at the Art Institute of Chicago, at which time he received a fellowship and went to Europe to study. After 1932 Lutz settled in Los Angeles, and obtained a degree at USC, where he himself went on to teach. During the war years he taught at the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. By this time he was working in the Social Realist and Regionalist styles for which he received wide recognition. His works were exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939, as well as many other venues through the 1940's and 1950's. Today most major California museums and many out of state retain his work in their collections. The artist spent considerable time in Mexico, including, evidently in the famed town of San Miguel de Allende, which remains to this day a draw for tourists, artists, and expatriates. The work has been abused over time as it evidently traveled without framing. There is damage but happily it is confined to the edges. There we find dog-ears, tape residue, short tears, bent paper, and so forth. Most of this would be hidden by a mat, and the rest could likely be minimized by a paper restorer. The work is, happily, a survivor. More photos of the damaged areas upon request.
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