Paul Lauritz (California, 1889 – 1975)
Untitled (landscape), early 20th century
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to lower left
Paul Laurtitz was born in Larvik, Norway, where he was able to learn from the many artists that traveled there to paint the picturesque scenery. At the age of 16 he emigrated to Vancouver, Canada where he worked as a commercial artist before heading to Alaska in search of gold. Though the mining did not work out, he did meet and exhibit with noted Alaskan artist Sydney Laurence (American, 1865 – 1940). At the end of World War I, in 1919, he relocated for the final time, settling in Los Angeles, California. There he opened a portrait studio, but later became well known for his landscape paintings. He taught at the Chouinard School of Art and the Otis Art Institute, and was a member of the Painters and Sculptors Club, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Commission, the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Royal Society of Art in England, the Salmagundi Club in New York, and the California Art Club where he served as president for two years.
- craquelure across painting surface with areas of lift; several areas of paint loss; accretion throughout; wear to frame finish.
- measures frame; visible image measures 31.5" W x 27.25" H.