This is a study in pencil by FERNAND LUNGREN (1859-1932) for an oil landscape of arid desert mountains of the American west. It measures 8" by 10 1/2". There's a mat but the work is not framed. This is a subtle work that is best viewed in person; it's very, very hard to photograph. The artist has made notations like "shaddow" (spelled like that), "all golden in warm sun", and "warm rosy gray".........showing the creative process. It would be interesting to locate the final oil with which this is associated. Lungren's works have brought large numbers at auction. According to the Hughes biography, Lungren was born in Ohio, studying in the Cincinnati area, then moved on to Philadelphia where he was a pupil of Thomas Eakins. Subsequently, in New York, he was an illustrator at major publications like Harper's and Scribner's. Paris followed. Back in Cincinnati he met Henry Farny and Joseph Henry Sharp, the famous artists of the American West. By the 1890's Lungren worked for the Santa Fe Railway, and in the next decade he roamed the Southwest, painting in Arizona and New Mexico. By 1903 he was in Southern California, settling finally in Santa Barbara. See askart for more on this talented western artist. Condition of the drawing is fair to good, with aging of the paper and some crinkling and very light tan spots. (The drawing has been without glass and framing for quite a long time I believe). Nevertheless, it is a work of a significant American artist and properly framed will bring its next owner much pleasure. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS IN MY RUBY LANE SHOP.
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