This 1957 oil on canvas depicting a California desert is by California Regionalist painter Freeman Sragent (1912-1990). Sargent painted primarily in the California Regionalist style (with strong parallels to W.P.A. muralists and the work of Thomas Hart Benton) often capturing local scenes of the SF Bay, the Filbert Steps, Coit Tower, Monterey Bay, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Marin. He also produced avant-garde abstract pieces and experimental mixed media works. Sargent was interested in all forms of arts and crafts and studied with master ceramicist, Marguerite Wildenhain, at Pond Farm Pottery in Guerneville.
Sargent was a good friend and painting partner of the renowned American Impressionist, Abel Warshawsky. He was a member of the Carmel Art Association and exhibited at the SF Museum of Modern Art, The Legion of Honor, the de Young Museum and the Lucien Labaudt Gallery.
He earned his B.A. degree from U.C. Berkeley, his M.A. from Stanford and studied at the California School of Fine Art after serving in WWII. He was a resident of Berkeley in the 1930s and active in the local art and theater scenes. Following service in the Navy during WWII, he studied at the California School of Fine Art and CCAC. He lived in SF, Monterey, Germany and Richmond, CA.
1957 Oil on Masonite 30.25"x25.5" framed, 24.25"x20" unframed
Signed and dated on the lower right. Excellent vintage condition. Framed in an ornate vintage wood frame with carved filigree and a gold finish.