A rare opportunity to acquire a work by the important California artist AUGUST GAY (1890-1948): an etching on delicate thin tissue-like paper, apparently unsigned, the sheet 5 7/8" by 8 1/8" (9 3/4" by 10 3/4" in black strip frame). The subject is the historic old Stevenson House in old Monterey, a favorite subject of many artists. August Gay is considered a major California artist, one of the members of the "Society of Six", a small group which formed in the early 1920's as a reaction against more traditional painting summarized by William Keith and Arthur Mathews. The members promoted a new style of painting focusing on bright, Fauve-like colors and impressionist technique. Selden Gile led the group, the works of whom today bring very large sums at auctions. Gay was born near Gap, in southeastern France, and came to Alameda, California with his family as a youngster, After education at the California School of Arts and Crafts and the California School of Fine Arts, and working closely with Gile, Gay struck out in 1919 for Monterey, where he actually lived in the Stevenson House with artist Clayton S. Price. They were neighbors of the well-known artist Armin Hansen and took from his techniques. During the 1920's Gay went through a period where he worked almost exclusively as a wood carver, but he later returned to painting. In recent years, a Colorist painting by him hammered for $145,000 at auction. This print was glued at the edges to the front mat, in the technique of its time. Other than that the condition of the delicate work is excellent. A paper restorer could very likely remove this from that mat.
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