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JOHN ANTHONY CONNER (1892-1971) California painting mountain stream

JOHN ANTHONY CONNER (1892-1971) California painting mountain stream

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1950: Item # 1428662
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A classic painting of the West---a river in a mountainous piney landscape, (titled, probably in artist's hand, on stretcher, "Mountain Stream"), by the noted, well-listed California impressionist artist, JOHN ANTHONY CONNER (1892-1971). The oil on canvas measures 20" by 26" (24" by 30" in old hand-carved frame. The work is stamped on the reverse with artist reproduction rights notice; the piece likely dates to about 1945 or 1950. It could really benefit from a cleaning, which would remove the yellowing effects of time, and the dirty varnish. Painting is otherwise in excellent condition. Frame is a bit dusty and has a little evidence of wear but is otherwise quite satisfying and an excellent match for the painting. Conner was born near Chicago and showed early artistic curiosity. A descendant of Susan B. Anthony and painter Gilbert Stuart, he moved to Los Angeles after serving in the military in World War I. There, he lived in the Eagle Rock area, painting prolifically for many years, with a varied subject range. California deserts, mountain landscapes, missions (especially San Juan Capistrano), Native Americans, still life and portraits were fair game for his talented hand.