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Plein Air Desert Landscape Oil Painting by California Artist Frederick Richard Chisnall
This impressionistic desert landscape scene was painted by listed California artist Frederick Richard Chisnall (1887-1965). It is oil on canvas board and signed in the lower right. The painting measures 16 inches wide by 12 inches tall. The deep wood frame is a weathered washed grey with gold accent liner measuring 19-5/8 by 15-1/2 inches. I believe this piece dates to the 1950s. It is in excellent condition showing only a few very small minor dings on the frame. This painting is from my personal collection. I moved last year, downsizing significantly, and will be listing much of my collected artwork in the next few months.
Artist Fred Chisnall was something of a character, often living in his trailer and painting in the deserts of California, Arizona and Nevada, as well as in Utah and Wyoming. He sold many of his paintings on site as his painted them and was friends with fellow artists Jimmy Swinnerton and John Hilton.
Born in England on November 16, 1887, Frederick Chisnall, as a young man immigrated to Canada where he was an engraver for Eatons. In 1920 he moved to Los Angeles and continued as an engraver for the Times. During this period he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. About 1930 he settled in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs where he established a gallery in his home. Chisnall was a familiar sight on the deserts of Arizona and Nevada, and often spent summers in Wyoming. He also painted at Zion National Park in Utah. He died in Palm Springs, CA on Dec. 11, 1965. He was a member of the Desert Art Center. Source: Edan Hughes,"Artists in California, 1786-1940."
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