This little gem is fresh from a local collection. I was able to buy part of a collection of a collector who is retiring and moving out of the area. This painting is by well listed California artist Florence Young. I think it could be the view of the San Gabriel mountains from Pasadena. The painting is on board and measures 8" x 12" and is in perfect condition. It would date from the 1920s or 30s. It is held in a period frame and ready to hang. It will be a great addition to your CA art collection or simply to brighten any room in your home.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Florence Young was born on November 6, 1872, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Issac Marshall Young and Harriett M. (Hutchinson) Young. After graduating from high school in Fort Dodge, she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with John Vanderpoel and at the Art Students League in New York. At various times she was a pupil of Kenyon Cox, James Carrol Beckwith, Frank Du Mond, William Merritt Chase, Wilbur Reaser, and Nicolai Fechin. In 1900, while living in Iowa, she identified herself as an artist on the United States Census. By 1920, she was a resident of California, living in Long Beach with her parents. She remained a resident of the state for the rest of her life, relocating to Alhambra, California, by 1930 where she remained.
Florence Young, a painter, engraver, and teacher, is frequently confused in print with the artist Frances Upson Young, who was active in Laguna Beach during the same period. They were, however, two separate and distinct individuals, as well as artists. The confusion may have begun as early as 1932, when both artists were listed in the December 1932 California Arts & Architecture statewide artists directory. A typographical error in the listing for Frances, inadvertently giving her first name as Florence, may be the root of decades of confusion.
Although their respective signatures are very similar, which further complicates proper identification; there are distinguishing features for each. Frances’ signature is like a printed script, letters separated with an elongated tail on the “g” of Young extending left under the name. Frances often signed her work “F.U. Young,” “F. Upson Young,” or just “Young”. Florence signed “F. Young,” “Florence Young,” or just “F.Y.” With Florence, almost always, the top line of the “F” extends far to the right over the Young, while the tail of the “g” on Young extends to the left under the name; the extended letters almost form a rectangle around the name.
Florence was a member of the Women Painters of the West, the Valley Artists Guild, and the Society for Sanity in Art. She exhibited frequently throughout her career with numerous art organizations and galleries in New York, Iowa, and California, including Palos Verde Library, 1938 (first prize); California State Building Exposition Park, Los Angeles, 1938 (first prize); San Gabriel Artists Guild; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Los Angeles Public Library; Ebell Club; Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art, 1943 (prizes); Friday Morning Club; Artists of the Southwest, 1951; and City Hall, Los Angeles; Greek Theatre, 1955 (award), 1958, Los Angeles, all in California. Her work is in the collections of the Orange County Museum of Art, California and Pomona College, California.
Florence Young passed away on February 10, 1974, in San Gabriel, California.
Biography submitted by Maurine St. Gaudens
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