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GEORGE DEMONT OTIS (1879-1962) California art impressionist drawing

GEORGE DEMONT OTIS (1879-1962) California art impressionist drawing

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Directory: Fine Art: Drawings: Charcoal: Pre 1940: Item # 1430132
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Charcoal on paper with reddish chalk highlights drawing, the subject the stern of a ship with figures and apparent nets/traps, 10 1/2" by 14", unframed, signed at lower right by well listed California artist GEORGE DEMONT OTIS (1879-1962). The ship appears to be named "RAINY" out of Tacoma; the sketch may have been made on the San Francisco Bay waterfront. The artist was born in Memphis, Tennessee and was raised in the Midwest after being orphaned. He showed early talent and was enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago at 14, followed later by more training in Philadelphia and New York. By 1911 Otis was in San Francisco, though an illness, perhaps respiratory, saw him move to Estes Park, Colorado. By 1924 he was back in California, in Burbank, working scene design for Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios. The final thirty years of his life saw him based in Marin County, near San Francisco, and it is for the artistic output of those decades, consisting largely of impressionist plein air landscape paintings of California, that he is today best remembered. Those plein air works appear at auctions of California art, where they can bring to five figures. The paper is sketch pad quality, with a "Louvain Book" watermark that suggests a date of execution from about 1910 to about 1930. Edges are dog eared and with small tears and creases. Properly framed and matted, most of that will not be visible.