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Erle Loran San Francisco Abstract Painting

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From the Estate of Erle Loran [ Estate Stamp Signature reverse ; California: 1905-99; listed askart, Hughes,Artists in CA, Davenport's, etc], San Francisco Bay , gouache, 1970s . Size: 8 1/2 x 11 1/2" 3/4 plus gold frame..

This is a favorite scene for Loran, looking north along the east Bay shoreline past the Richmond oil storage tanks.

Erle Loran (1905 - 1999) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota He studied at the Minneapolis School of Art under direction of Cameron Booth. His talent was recognized early when in 1926, he won the Paris Prize, which provided him the benefit of a traveling scholarship to Europe where he lived in the studio of Paul Cézanne.

In 1936 Loran moved to California to take up a position teaching at the University of California at Berkley where he eventually became Chairman of the Art Department. He invited the painter Hans Hofmann, who had come to the U.S. when Naziism began to rise in Europe, to be a visiting professor. Hoffmann influenced Loran to become more abstract in his work, so that his paintings became lyrical abstractions in primary colors.

However, Loran's style was constantly changing. Watercolor was his medium of choice because it dried fast and was lighter to transport to his often-remote plein air locations, such as the ghost towns of California and Nevada. His landscapes, often to include a building or structure, were clean, fresh, and spontaneous.

Loran was a leader and exponent of the “Berkley School” of painting, a style which stressed abstract linear and textural qualities. Some of his students took these elements and combined them with recognizable subject matter, developing a style known as “Bay Area Figurative Painting”. Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bishoff are among his most notable students in this

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Erle Loran San Francisco Abstract Painting


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