This is a fine example of the work of a "self taught", "outsider" artist, the Bohemia (Czech)-born American LAWRENCE LEBDUSKA (1894-1966). The subject of this unique, whimsical, dream-like drawing is a man in a blue suit under an apple tree, his faithful dog at left, a red-roofed house in the distance. The work, in pencil and crayon, is signed at lower right and dated there "952". It measures 16" by 13 1/2" (20" by 17" as framed, behind non-glare glass (which dulls detail). Lebduska works have exceeded $10,000 at auction. He was born in Baltimore but returned to Europe with family, following his Bohemia roots as a youngster, receiving training in Leipzig, Germany in stained glass, before returning to the United States at age 18. He worked for Elsie de Wolfe, creating murals for a time. By 1936 he had received his first one man show, attracting the attention of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, who was inspired by his work to open what became a famed museum of American folk art. Lebduska's fantastic landscapes, often populated by menageries of exotic animals, became for a time wildly popular with the American public. Lebduska had issues with alcohol which somewhat hampered his career, though he enjoyed a brief resurgence in the 1960's, not long before his 1966 death. The artist's often fantasy-like, dream-like images are popular with collectors of naïve style art. The Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando held an exhibition of the artist's works in early 2019.
LAWRENCE LEBDUSKA (1894-1966) whimsical landscape naive drawing by noted outsider American artist