Virginia City (St. Mary’s Church in the distance)
- Oil on canvas
- Canvas: 34" high x 44" wide
- Frame: 42” high x 52" wide
- Signature: Lower left; inscribed verso with the artist’s Oakland California address
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About the work
A monumental depiction of Virginia City, Nevada, from the collection of the artist’s wife, Geraldine Siegriest. Housed in the original artist-made frame.
Lundy Siegriest was born in Oakland, California in 1925. His father Louis Siegriest was one of the Oakland-based “Society of Six” post-Impressionists who pioneered modern art in northern California in the 1920s.
Lundy’s attraction to Virginia City was in part influenced by his father’s sketching trips to the town in the mid-1940s, when the elder Siegriest captured images of the city’s weather-worn and dilapidated structures, sometimes just ahead of wrecking crews who hauled antique bricks over to California.
While Lundy is known for abstract expressionism and vividly colored pastoral settings, his depiction of Virginia City is reminiscent of his father’s 1940s-era paintings, with the notable difference being Lundy’s significantly brighter palette.
Lundy’s works appeared in many one-man and group exhibitions, notably in the Whitney Museum in New York and in a traveling exhibition, "17 American Painters," which opened at the Brussels World Fair in 1958.
In the 1970s he became part of a nucleus of painters who revived an approach to painting that hearkened back to the Society of Six. They painted landscapes in a broad, painterly style related both to the Bay Area figurative tradition and the plein air painting of the Six.
Lundy’s works are held by major museums, including the Denver Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He died in 1985.
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