For your consideration, a circa 1920’s hand-tinted black and white California landscape photograph by the noted California Pictorialist Leopold Hugo (1866-1933). The work features a grove of Eucalyptus trees with a coast in the background, most certainly depicting the Monterey/Carmel/Santa Cruz area. A similar photograph is currently exhibited at the “Arts and Crafts” currently on display at the San Francisco Airport . The photograph is noteworthy for its pictorial aesthetics that feature atmospheric soft-focus and an elegant tonal palette. The photograph measures 19” x 15” (framed 21” x 17 ½”) and is in excellent vintage condition with no creases, stains or foxing. The unsigned work is guarenteed to be the work of Leopold Hugo (further documentation available upon request). Bio: German-born Leopold Hugo settled with his wife in La Jolla, California, in 1907. They opened a grocery store, but by 1911 Hugo had hung out his shingle as a photographer of landscapes and nature studies. He worked in the soft-focus Pictorialist style, using waxed-paper negatives to enhance the atmospheric effects in his prints. Six years later the Hugos relocated north to Santa Cruz, where Hugo opened a studio and became known locally for his photographs of cypress and eucalyptus trees along the Monterey coast. In 1929 he returned to La Jolla.
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