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Washington DC Artist Henry Olson Watercolor 32x27”

Washington DC Artist Henry Olson Watercolor 32x27”


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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Pre 2000: Item # 1444610

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Beautiful watercolor by the Washington DC Artist Henry Olson dated 1958 smack dab in the middle of Washington Art Society. He belonged to the Society of Washington Artists, Washington Watercolor Club, Washington Art Club, and the American Association of University Professors. During his tenure he was an active member and served as the President of the Washington Watercolor Club for two different terms, first in the 50s and later in the 70s. Olson was born in Canton, Ohio, studied at Columbus School of Art, Otterbein College at Westerville, Ohio, Ohio State University and in DC at the Corcoran School of Art. He served as an instructor at the Wilson Teachers College, which in 1955 was transitioned into the District of Columbia Teachers College. Some claim he taught scientific illustration. The watercolor below: Chinatown, NYC, was included in the 1943 Society of Washington Artists exhibit at the Corcoran Museum of Art. The Washington Post review by Jane Watson named Olson's painting in the group show (Jan. 31st, 1943). Upon close inspection of Olson's watercolor, you realize that he doesn't understand Chinese kanji (Chinese writing). Instead of working out Chinese messages in his painting, he instead uses scribbled hieroglyphics made to look like kanji. The painting reflects the time, World War II is in process and the flags hang off the buildings to provide support to our servicemen and women. A three tiered banner hangs over the street with an unknown message. Down on the street there are delivery trucks bringing daily produce to the wholesale and retail dealers. The business men are wearing hats, while the laborers are wearing caps, you can tell the difference. The tall buildings create a canyon and the windows are created with dark rectangles.