For your consideration, a mid-century watercolor by David Landis (American, 1918-1983). The work features a bullfight in an arena, most probably in Portugal, a theme that Landis painted on numerous occasions. 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, with minor waviness to the paper stock. The work measures 21” x 18 ¾” ”. Provenance; Art sale, Oakland Museum of Art: The work is unsigned (though possibly initialed, see photos) . Guaranteed to be a work of David Landis.
Artist: David Landis (American, 1918-1983) Title: Untitled Date: Mid Century Image: Watercolor on paper Signed: unsigned Image size: 21” x 18 3/4” Condition: Excellent condition, with minor warping to paper stock to left border (no discoloring or damage to image).
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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