For your consideration, a striking vintage watercolor by the Californian artistCharles Frederick Surendorf (1906 - 1979). This painting is unusual in that Surendorf produced few works that rendered nature in semi-abstract terms, making this a seminal late-career work by this very well known west coast artist. The watercolor is noteworthy for it modernist aesthetics and expert draftsmanship and features semi-abstracted swirling clouds and a modernist palette of black, browns, greens and blues. The piece is in excellent vintage overall condition, with no creases and some foxing. The colors are vital and well saturated.
Born on Nov. 9, 1906 in Richmond, Indiana, Charles Surendorf, following graduation from Ohio State University, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York City. In 1935 he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and taught at Mills College. Active in the local art scene, he was director of the first San Francisco Art Festival. In 1946 he settled in the town of Columbia in the Sierra foothills. There he served as director of the short-lived Mother Lode Art School (1956) and produced works with an historic California theme. He died of cancer in Columbia on May 28, 1979.
Artist: Charles Frederick Surendorf (1906 - 1979).
Title: Untitled (California Seascape with Sunset)
Signed: Signed and dated
Dimensions: 24” x 18” (60.5cm x 40.5cm)
Condition: Good vintage condition, with some foxing.
Frame: Original frame 34” x 28”
California Society of Etchers; San Francisco Art Association; Mother Lode Art Association; Bay Region Art Association (Oakland).
Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1936-41; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1936; SFMA, 1936, 1946; California Society of Etchers, 1938-54 (awards); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; De Young Museum, 1946.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Mills College (Oakland); Monterey Peninsula Museum; Library of Congress; Wichita Art Museum.
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