A circa 1940 lithograph, signed in the plate, and bearing pencil signature of the printer in margin under the mat, by the noted California Scene artist PHIL PARADISE (1905-1997). This seems to be a scarce work, as I see only two other examples after an online search. Those two were pencil signed by the artist and numbered out of an edition of 100. So we can assume that this was a limited edition. Perhaps this particular example was a proof, accounting for its being signed by the printer, "P, Roeker". The composition is dynamic and exciting, the subject reminding of some American Scene works by artists such as John Steuart Curry. The dramatic print exhibits excellent contrasts--note the backlit mane of the terrified horse fleeing the coming storm. Measurements are 8" by 13" inside the present mat; the entire sheet (the margins are entirely hidden under the mat) measures 12 1/2" by 17", and 15 1/2" by 20 1/4" in the period black wood frame. There is some foxing on the reverse and some normal overall browning of the paper due to oxidation over the decades. Paradise was born in Oregon and grew up in Bakersfield, California. In the 1920's he attended Chouinard in Los Angeles and went to work for the Paramount Studios. Eventually he went on to teach there and at Scripps in Pomona. From the 1940's on his formerly representational work became more stylized. Today the artist is regarded as a particularly masterful watercolorist, and one of the significant members of the California Scene regional art movement. His paintings have sold for large sums at auction.
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