“House Boat” c.1950s
- Mixed media on heavy paper
- Sight: 21" high x 27" wide
- Frame: 30” high x 36" wide
- Signature: Lower right
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About the work
An important circa 1950s semi-abstract painting titled “House Boat” by California modernist artist Lundy Siegriest. The painting features exceptionally vivid colors and depicts the interior of a house boat with an open door revealing a bright orange sun over blue water.
An original gallery label from Harcourts Frame Makers of San Francisco is attached verso, which includes the title, artist’s name, and an inventory number. Harcourts Frame Makers pre-dates the art gallery of the same name (Harcourts Gallery) that was established in the late 1960s by Fred Banks. The label notes that Harcourts sold fine prints, old engravings, and Chinese paintings, and includes a different Powell Street address than the gallery operated by Banks.
Modernist works by Siegriest from this period are relatively uncommon, as are his paintings that retain an early Harcourts label. Condition is very good, with two or three pinholes and small chip in the upper left corner. Housed under plexiglass.
About the artist…
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 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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