For the collector of scarce early Utah art, an oil on canvas, 22" by 18" on the stretchers (29" by 25" in old, likely original frame), dated 1928 and titled on reverse "Timpanogos Creek", signed lower left by the noted Utah artist BENT FRANKLIN LARSEN (1882-1970). (There is also some old writing on paper adhering to the frame but it is difficult to read). Timpanogos Creek is a scenic area near Provo, Utah. Larsen is a well-known figure in Utah art. His education in art was extensive, beginning when very young. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1912, and received a masters in fine art from the University of Utah ten years later. He was sponsored to study art in Paris from 1924 to 1928, and again in 1929 traveled to France, Spain and Morocco, further honing his growing skills. In Paris he was a student of Lhote. In 1930 Larsen returned to Provo, and the next year was named a full professor, becoming head of the BYU art department, settling in for more than twenty years, until retirement in 1953. Larsen in his prime years was an active educator, writer and judge in Utah and national art circles. All in all, his association with BYU spanned an impressive forty-five years, beginning with early teaching assignments in 1908 (even before his own graduation from the school) through retirement. This painting could definitely benefit from professional cleaning, which would really brighten it up. Frame has wear but could likely be restored if the buyer wanted to retain it. See the website on the artist for much more information on his life and career.
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