Large watercolor painting of trees after the leaves have turned in the fall, signed at lower left by the well listed California artist PAUL LAURITZ (1889-1975). The scene is a celebration of autumnal forests. The work measures 19 1/2" by 27 1/2" and 32 3/4" by 40"as very nicely framed. Lauritz is considered one of the important plein air painters, a number of works having exceeded $25,000 at auction. Born in Norway in an area favored by artists, he was exposed to art at an early age, and in fact was encouraged by important Norwegian artists Frits Thaulow and Christian Kroger. In his mid teens he traveled to eastern Canada to pursue work in mining, and shortly thereafter he moved to western Canada and then Alaska in search of gold. While in Alaska he met Sydney Laurence and exhibited alongside him. Able to find only commercial art work in the Pacific Northwest, he settled in Los Angeles in 1919 and began what became a very long painting career. Lauritz painted the desert, mountains, California's coast, snow scenes, and other landscapes. He exhibited widely and came to be a very active member of the Southern California and Los Angeles art community. This work has a Laguna Beach gallery provenance; stamps on the framing paper and an original label with $3,000 price, from Blackbird Gallery, Laguna. Condition is superb and the entire package is fresh and wall-ready.
Item ID: JB02868
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