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DAVIS SCHWARTZ (1879-1969) California plein air watercolor painting

DAVIS SCHWARTZ (1879-1969) California plein air watercolor painting

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Miniature size watercolor painting of two old structures along a fence line in the fall, 5" by 5 1/2" as framed, signed at lower right "Davis F. Schwartz". The watercolor probably dates to the 1930's or 1940's. Schwartz (1879-1969) has a sizable listing in Hughes' "Artists in California 1786-1940". According to Hughes, the artist was born in Kentucky, and went on to study in the Midwest at Art Institute of Chicago and at schools in Ohio. Before moving to California in 1903, he worked as an illustrator for a newspaper in Cleveland. After 1915 he apparently abandoned commercial art. Thereafter he was most closely associated with San Francisco and Northern California. Today, one frequently encounters color prints of his watercolor work, watercolor being a medium in which he excelled. The piece came from an old San Francisco collection of Northern California art.