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Samuel Bolton Colburn
1930s American Farm Scene, Landscape Watercolor Painting Farm Buildings Windmill

circa 1935

About the Item

Original watercolor on paper painting by Samuel Bolton Colburn (1909-1993) of a small farm situated in a valley near the mountains. Presented in a custom frame, outer dimensions measure 22 x 28 ⅝ x 1 inches. Image sight size is 11 ¾ x 18 ⅜ inches. Painting is clean and in very good vintage condition - please contact us for a detailed condition report. Expedited and international shipping is available - please contact us for a quote. About the Artist: Samuel Bolton Colburn (1909-1993) was well-versed in the progressive modernist directions of the day as well as advanced watercolor techniques. The San Francisco art critic Alfred Frankenstein credited Colburn with a sense of drama and "as fine an eye for the subtleties of watercolor as this country has produced since [John] Marin's heyday." Watercolor was Colburn's preferred medium. A prolific painter, he worked quickly outdoors on location, developing a style that was luminous, spontaneous and fluid, though requiring tremendous control of the medium. Colburn developed his art during the 1930s and 1940s, a period when American Scene artists nationwide shunned abstraction and modernist experimentation and depicted rural and urban views in a representational manner. Colburn's American Scene art was tempered by a modernist vision. He found early on what it took others decades to find: a reasoned balance between abstract design and realistic delineation, or between modernism and representation. Economic conditions and social issues were foremost on the minds of many Americans during the Depression era. Colburn was associated with the loose circle of intellectuals, artists and writers on the Monterey Peninsula that included John Steinbeck, Edward "Doc" Ricketts, Robinson Jeffers, James Fitzgerald, Edward Weston, Bruce Ariss and Ansel Adams. Colburn made landscapes of the rolling hills around Carmel and Salinas valleys, as well, landscapes that embodied the poetic yearning of Robinson Jeffers. Jeffers Territory (1942) shows Colburn's tremendous feeling for the land--the haunting, sublime beauty of the coastal terrain and the surging restlessness of the sea. He filled his landscapes with voids and mists, out of which freely arose his forms and structural elements. Colburn traveled widely on painting expeditions, especially to Colorado, capturing the essence of the West. He mastered the technique of "white paper painting" or allowing the white paper to act as a design element, or as an additional shape or color, to manipulate the figure/ground relationship. He used resonating color combinations for expressive effect and to build up simplified forms. Nearly all of Colburn's work is based on first hand observation. He once said that "the shapes of this earth…are really the subject of my artistic discourse."
  • Creator:
    Samuel Bolton Colburn (1909 - 1993, American)
  • Creation Year:
    circa 1935
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 11.75 in (29.85 cm)Width: 18.5 in (46.99 cm)
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  • Framing:
    Frame Included
    Framing Options Available
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  • Gallery Location:
    Denver, CO
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 258371stDibs: LU27310680602
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