This original oil painting on canvas measures 25 by 32 inches and sits in an outstanding carved gilt period frame measuring 28 by 35 inches.
The subject is a extensive mountain landscape with towering cliffs and a lake in the foreground. It appears to be located in one of the US National Parks.
It is signed, somewhat illegibly, Browning or A.Browning, in the lower left corner (see closeup photos).
It is in excellent condition with so apparent damage or repairs. There is one small area of the sky where the varnish was applied thickly and has darkened with age (see photo). Not really worth mentioning, but I try to be as accurate as possible.
Alvah Lincoln Browning commonly known as A. L. Browning was born December 4, 1864 in Atwood, Illinois. His parents were farmers but farming did not appeal to him. So at age sixteen, he became a painter. He was self taught.. Sometimes, he said, he'd get hold of paint left in a bucket or swipe dyes from his mother and try his hand at color. He tried to capture frost on the maples and colored rocks in the stream.
Around 1899 Browning was living in Sioux City, Iowa. Shortly after his first son George was born, he divorced his first wife, Dilly. He then travelled west with his nephew, Franklyn Browning. To pay their way, they painted barns. In his spare time Alvah painted and sold landscapes. After some time, Franklyn settled near Witchita, Kansas while Browning continued traveling west.
By 1914 he remarried, and was livoing with his wife and daughter in Denver, Colorado. The McMurtry Paint and Varnish Company of Denver was expanding and was building a new plant. The building boasted two large display windows. It was in one of these windows A. L. Browning would set up his artist studio. Here onlookers could stand outside watching him paint landscapes using McMurtry housepaints. The scenes were numbered with twenty six available titles available for sale to the public. They included Colorado scenes as Seven Falls, Estes Park, Lake Eldora, Big Thompson, and more. There were also scenes from other places he had traveled to through the USA and Europe.
By 1916 he had moved his family to Colorado Springs where his second son, Robert was born. City directories listed his occupation as an artist. Although they first misspelled his name as Alvin. He set up a shop offering paintings for sale and continued working for the McMurtry Paint Company. From spring through summer he painted in Colorado. Then in the fall he traveled by train to Little Rock, Arkansas where he painted landscapes for the Sherwin Williams Paint Company. A small flyer published by Sherwin Williams in 1944 related he had painted for them for over fifty years. While traveling between Colorado and Arkansas he would get out at he train stations. Here he would paint and sell his landscapes. Some who bought his painings remarked on how quickly he could create these paintings. Many paintings have been found at antique shops and second hand stores along this train route.
Browning traveled throughout the United States. He defied anyone to mention a sizable town in America in which he does not know someone. He had traveled in Mexico and Canada. He made three trips to Europe. On one trip he spent two years there painting. "The prettiest scenery you ever saw is the Baverian Alps," he said. One of the scenes listed on his label is titled "Alps in Switzerland."
When he wasn't traveling or painting landscapes Browning taught art classes. One Sherwin Williams ad pointed out that he had given over three thousand instructions.
In 1923 Browning moved his family to Long Beach, California. He continued painting, teaching and travelling. The Treais Hardware Company in San Diego advertised that he would be demonstating the use of Sherwin Williams paints in the store front window. The ad said he would paint any scene from a photograph and that all of his paintings are of a scenic nature only. It went on to say that his young son Robert who is an achieving artist would accompany him.
Around 1930 the Brownings spent a year in Mineral Wells, Texas. Before returning to Long Beach, A. L. Browning advertised an auction of his paintings. The auction was held at the Crazy Hotel Pavillion where he had his studio. About 250 paintings, most on canvas were auctioned.
After returning to Long Beach he continued painting as well as opening an artist's supply store. Sometime after this, his wife Helena passed away. Alvah L. Browning died December 7, 1947 at the St. Ernie Sanitarium in Inglewood, California.
He is listed on Askart.com: http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/Search_Repeat.aspx?searchtype=AUCTION_RECORDS&&artist=116890 .
This original unsigned oil painting on very heavy canvas (tarp quality) measures 24 by 36 inches (image only).
It is painted on a 29 by 41 inch canvas which needs to be stretched on wooden stretcher bars (standard 24 by 36 inch size).
It is a classic 1950's American Home with a picket fence and a television (note the antenna on the roof). This scene could be 'Anywhere USA___Circa 1955.
We estimate it as circa 1940's-1950's.
Except for needing to be mounted and framed, it is in excellent condition.
It will be delivered rolled in a wide tube. The paint condition is outstanding and it will not be adversely affected by rolling it for shipment.
This original oil painting on canvas laid down on board measures 12 by 16 inches, and it is mounted in an original carved and gilded frame which measures 16 by 20 inches.
It is unsigned and in excellent condition.
We estimate it to date circa 1930-1940.
The subject is the San Gabriel Mission which has numerous Moorish or Spanish architectural motifs.
It is painted in a loose, impressionist style with very bright, almost Fauve colors.
The Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is a fully functioning mission and also an historic landmark in San Gabriel, California.
It was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan Order on "The Feast of the Birth of Mary" (September 8) in 1771.
The Mission often referred to as the "Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles," was designed by Father Antonio Cruzado (who hailed from Córdoba, Spain, which accounts for the strong Moorish influence).
In 1776, a flash flood destroyed much of the crops and ruined the Mission complex, which was subsequently relocated five miles closer to the mountains in present-day San Gabriel (the native settlement of 'Iisanchanga).
The Mission is the base from which the pueblo that became the City of Los Angeles, California was sent. On December 8, 1812 (the "Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin") a series of massive earthquakes shook Southern California. The 1812 Wrightwood Earthquake caused the three-bell campanario, located adjacent to the chapel's east façade, to collapse. A larger, six-bell structure was subsequently constructed at the far end of the capilla.
Legend has it that the founding expedition was confronted by a large group of native Shoshone peoples whose intention was to drive the strangers away. One of the padres laid a painting of "Our Lady of Sorrows" on the ground for all to see, whereupon the natives (known to the settlers as the Gabrieliños) made peace with the missionaries, so moved were they by the painting's beauty. Today the 300-year-old painting hangs in the Mission's sanctuary.
This original oil painting on old hard panel board measures 22 by 28 inches (image only) and 26 by 32 inches framed.
The subject is a view of San Francisco Bay from a hillside vantage point, with old buildings in the foreground. The view looks down on covered docks or wharfs with ships in the background.
It is signed Helen Louise Conser in the lower left corner.
It is in outstanding condition overall.
It is painted in a loose Impressionist style which incorporates strong brush strokes and the use of a pallette knife.
This is one of two paintings by the artist that we are currently offering. Although they are not an exact matching pair, they are very similar in size, use of colors and subject matter.
Artist Biographical Information:
Helen Louise Conser was born in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 1899. She settled in San Francisco in the early 1930s. She studied with George Post. She was a painter and worked with other WPA artists on projects at the time. She was also a member of the SWA (Society of Western Artists.) She apparently never married and died in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1980 at 81 years of age. She is listed in the following publications: 1. Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940, Volume 2. 2. Peter Falk, “Who Was Who In American Art (1564-1975)” 3 City Directory; Death record; San Francisco Chronicle, 11-27-1980.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 x 20 inches and is framed 22 x 26 inches.
It is signed Guzman in the lower right corner.
Juan "Pepe" Guzman is a contemporary California artist.
His strong use of color and light is influenced by both his Chilean background and his California roots. His paintings are a mix of Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauve colors and a dash of California Plein Air.
This painting was purchased by me directly from the artist a number of years ago and has been hanging in my home ever since.
He is also listed and known as Juan Guzman Maldonado.
It is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION, period.
He is also listed on Askart.com. see the link below:
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This old original oil painting on canvas panel board measures 12 x 16 inches and 17 x 21 inches in the period frame it sits in.
It is signed: "Helen Burke Waggonman, painted August 1950, Albuquerque, New Mexico" on the reverse (see photo).
It is in good condition except for some slight losses to the paint in the lower left corner of the oil.
This original oil painting on masonite measures 18 by 24 inches and is framed 20 by 26 inches.
it is signed Cal Bailey 60 in the lower left corner.
Artist Biography: Calvin Bailey (1915- )
Calvin (Cal) Bailey is listed on Askart.com and in additional publications:
Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975 (3 Vol) 1999 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor)
Afro-American Artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory 1973 Cederholm, Theresa Dickason
This original California School oil painting on stretched canvas measures 16 by 20 inches and is framed in a finely detailed wood frame.
It dates circa 1950-1960, and although unsigned, it was obviously painted by an experienced and very talented artist.
It is in outstanding condition.
It measures 16 x 20 inches, and is in EXCELLENT CONDITION.
It is signed, Lillie Durham in the lower right corner.
This original watercolor painting measures 10 by 14 inches and it is matted in a carved and gilded frame measuring 12 by 16 inches.
It is signed W.R. Cameron, lower middle right.
The subject is a few of the warships drydocked at the Mare Island Naval shipyard with a sailboat sailing in the foreground.
It is in excellent condition, period.
William Ross Cameron is listed in Edan Hughes, "Artists in California 1786- 1940". Biographical Information from that source is listed below: William Ross Cameron was an illustrator, etcher, watercolorist, lithographer. He was born in NYC on June 14, 1893.
By 1905 Cameron had settled in San Francisco where he later studied under Macky and Martinez at the CSFA and Perham Nahl at the CCAC. After further art studies in London and Paris, he worked as a freelance illustrator and as a staff artist for the Oakland Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Call Bulletin newspapers.
By 1930 he was exhibiting nationally and was known for his miniature watercolors of the San Francisco Bay area. He had then moved across the bay to Alameda and later settled in Berkeley. Cameron died there on Dec. 9, 1971.
He was a member of: SWA; Alameda Art Association; Artists Guild of America; San Francisco Art Association; California Society of Etchers; Oakland Art Association; and Thirteen Watercolorists.
Exhibitions Held: Oakland Art Gallery, 1917, 1928, 1932, 1934; California Society of Etchers, Stanford University., 1928; San Francisco Art Association, 1931; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1940.
His paintings are held in the following collections: AIC; De Young Museum; PAFA. AAA 1917-33; WWAA 1936
His paintings have sold at numerous art auctions over the year, which can be found on askart.com.
This original oil painting on stretched canvas and wooden stretchers measures 26 by 40 inches unframed.
It is signed Paine in the upper left portion of the canvas. It is also signed Louise Paine on the reverse and again on the stretchers bars.
Marie Louise Mattingly Paine is listed on Askart.com and Artprice.com as Marie Louise Paine. She is also listed in Who was Who in American Art and Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide as M.L. Mattingly.
It dates circa 1920-35.
It is in excellent condition with the exception of one small triangular dent or puncture and a slight loss to the outside edge of the canvas where it wraps around the stretcher (see photo enlargements).
This ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING on stretched canvas measures about 31 by 36 inches framed (25 x 30 inches - oil only).
It is in EXCELLENT CONDITION!
It is signed Elizabeth Crawford (see photo enlargement #5) in the UPPER LEFT corner.
This painting dates to the early part of the 20th century.
Elizabeth Crawford is listed in Artprice.com as a 20th century artist.
This original Chinese ink & watercolor painting measures 13 1/2 by 52 inches (watercolor only) and about 18 1/2 by 72 inches, including the brocaded scroll it is mounted on.
It has the seal and signature of the artist, Ma Yongquiang.
The subject is leopard climbing a tree. It is in excellent condition and has crisp and vibrant details.
Ma YongQuian is a 20th century artist of Chinese ancestry, who was born and working in Indonesia. In April 2007, an exhibition of his work was held at the Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, China.
Additional information about Contemporary Chinese scroll paintings is available in our Newsletter by clicking on Newsletter on our Home page.
This original painting on thin stretched linen on canvas measures 7 by 11 inches, including the bamboo style wooden frame it sits in.
The subject is a young Chinese girl in a colorful robe holding a fan made of peacock feathers.
This painting is in "As Found" condition which means it needs some level of restoration. The painting shows a heavy level of crackle (similar to that found on old Chinese ceramics. It also has a 3 to 4 inch split along the right side. There are a few other other small problems in this painting. It will require some restoration, but will be worth it. This little gem will be a classic after restoration. However,it is being sold AS-IS, due to it's current condition.
It is unsigned but there are Chinese characters on the reverse stretcher, which may be the equivalent of a signature.
This original, unsigned oil painting on panel board measures 10 by 15 inches , not including the simple gilded wood frame it sits in.
The subject is a strand of eucalyptus trees overlooking the water with a sunset sky in the background.
It is in excellent condition, period.
It dates circa 1920-35.
This original oil painting on old artists board measures 9 by 13 inches (12 by 16 inches with carved frame).
Apparently unsigned, although the dark varnish may hide small details.
It has an old label from E.B. Heimstreet in Janesville, Wisconsin.
It dates to circa 1870-1900.
The varnish is dark, somewhat dry and slightly stippled.
This original, unsigned oil painting measures 24 by 36 inches unframed. It is painted on stretched canvas over wooden stretcher boards.
It is in excellent condition, except for one small paint loss chip measuring about 1/2 by 1 inch. See closeup photo.