An exceptional example of the work of Florida's well-listed impressionist artist, EMMETT FRITZ (1917-1995), the 16" by 20" work (20 3/4" by 24 3/4" framed) a view down St. George St. in the historic downtown area of St. Augustine on Florida's northeast coast. This example seems to be a particularly above average effort by the artist, and it is in exceptionally fresh condition, having just come from a Southern California estate. Fritz was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and served in the US Army in the World War. He studied art at Pratt Institute in New York and for a time also with Norman Rockwell. The year 1950 saw Fritz moving to Florida, where he quickly joined the so-called "Lost Colony" of artists in picturesque St. Augustine. The artist was a familiar face in the city until the end of his life, greeting tourists and painting on the street. Note in this work the worked facades of the old buildings, the "Posada" sign, the flags of the United States, Spain, and the old Confederacy---all of which have flown over the city in the past 400 plus years---and the horse-drawn cart. Long before there was a Miami or Fort Lauderdale or Naples, there was St. Augustine, where the Spanish established their early foothold in North America.
EMMETT FRITZ (1917-1995) St. Augustine Florida painting fine example by noted artist