For your consideration, a mid-century watercolor by David Landis (American, 1918-1983). The work features two stylized human/bull figures in a theatrical setting; rendered in shades of ochre, brown and burnt umber.
The work is noteworthy for its animated subjects, graphic composition, and fine paint handling. The unframed work is in excellent vintage condition with no stains, foxing, or creases, and measures 21” x 16”. Signed “David Landis”.
Artist: David Landis (American, 1918-1983)
Date: Mid Century
Image: Watercolor on paper
Signed: “David Landis”
Image size: 21” x 16”
Condition: Excellent, no damage
David Merkel Landis was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1918 and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1941. After serving in the military in World War II from 1942-45, he returned to the Art Institute of Chicago, serving as a faculty member from 1947 until 1969. His work was included in numerous exhibitions in the Midwest and East from 1939-1973; including ten one-man shows at private galleries in Detroit, Chicago, and Edgartown, Massachusetts. His gallery exhibits included the June Holmes Gallery (1951), Frank Ryan Gallery (1952), Old Town Art Center (1960, 1962, 1964), Cliff Dwellers (1966), and Depaul University Gallery (1966). He died in Berkeley, California in 1983.
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