Entitled Foot of Lake Merritt, Oakland, this 20th Century oil on masonite Lake Merritt abstract is by California Regionalist painter Freeman Sargent (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.
Early-Mid 20th Century Oil on Masonite 25.25"x19.25" framed; 24"x18" unframed
Excellent vintage condition. Signed on the lower right. Framed in a contemporary walnut wood frame.