A work by the noted California plein air artist RALPH HOLMES (1876-1963), featuring a stark arid landscape of the Southwest, quite possibly Bryce Canyon in southern Utah, one of Holmes' favorite locales for painting. The 24" by 30" (28 1/2" by 34 1/2" in the probably original frame) painting is in need of restoration; there are numerous cuts and tears in the canvas, but it is hardly beyond recovery. I have received an estimate of $1200 from a restoration studio for a top-down reline job and total repair; you might be able to effect a reasonable and more economical repair via patching. Holmes was born in Illinois and studied at the Art Institute in Chicago and in Paris before striking out for Pittsburgh and New York, where he painted murals for a time. He came west in 1916, working on a Hopi reservation in Arizona, before settling for a time in Atascadero on California's central coast. From 1923-1948 Holmes was a teacher at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He was a familiar part of the California art scene at mid century, a four time president of the California Art Club. Many works were exhibited from 1915 through the 1950's. Typically, Holmes' landscapes are strong, powerful scenes of rugged mountains and desert, though he did paint landscapes in more welcoming locations.
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