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JOSEPH FREY (1892-1977) California painting desert mountains plein air

JOSEPH FREY (1892-1977) California painting desert mountains plein air

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A classic painting of the California desert and mountains, oil on Masonite, 12" by 15" (15" by 18" in vintage old frame possibly carved by artist), signed lower left by noted California impressionist JOSEPH FREY (1892-1977). This is likely a view looking west towards the towering 11,000 foot high Mt. San Jacinto massif which looms over Palm Springs. The artist has interestingly painted in a "liner" border in a cream color; this is part of the painting and not a linen liner. The artist was born in Walla Walla, Washington and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago at age 16. He had a studio in San Francisco during the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, before serving in World War I. By 1918 he was in Southern California. Working as a chef in Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, he evidently found time to express himself artistically, painting the California landscape in all its grandeur. Provenance: Roger Renick Fine Art & Antiques, Pasadena, CA (reverse label).