A work over forty years old but very contemporary and stylish in feeling, a watercolor of young female bicycle riders at the beach perhaps, 14" by 21" (23" by 29" framed), signed at lower right by well listed California artist DOUGLASS EWELL PARSHALL (1899-1990). The work is also titled "CYCLISTS" on backing, where the artist has signed again, dated it 1972, and wrote address and, on an affixed sheet, "For West Coast Watercolor Soc'y". Parshall was born in New York City and by the age of 15 was already exhibiting at the National Academy (he was ultimately made academician, accounting for the "N.A." after his name on reverse). He also studied at the Art Students League, at the Boston Museum School, and under his artist father, DeWitt Parshall. By 1917 the younger Parshall was in Santa Barbara, where he settled in for many years of artistic production in watercolor and oil. At auction, works have gone into mid five figures. Much of this work's appeal lies in its hip, Cali-vibe contemporary feeling, captured by an artist born in the 19th century, yet its creation coinciding with the early David Hockney years.
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