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Charles Surendorf
"Covered Bridge Near Columbia" California - Woodblock Landscape on Tissue Paper

c. 1948

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"Covered Bridge Near Columbia" - Woodblock Landscape on Tissue Paper Bold woodblock print by Charles Surendorf (American, 1906-1979). A covered bridge spans a large valley over a river, leading to a winding mountain road. Above the bridge, there is a prominent mountain ridge. This piece is extremely high contrast, with black, saturated ink. However, it demonstrates Surendorf's careful use of highlights to keep the composition nicely balanced. His paintings and prints depict the rough-and-tumble life of the old California mining country in a regionalist style akin to that of Thomas Hart Benton. Titled, numbered, and signed along the bottom edge: Covered Bridge Near Columbia 2d Ed/100 Charles Surendorf Presented in a wood frame with a new black mat. Frame size: 18.75"H x 24.75"W Image size: 12.5"H x 17.5"W Charles Surendorf was Born on Nov. 9, 1906 in Richmond, Indiana. Following graduation from Ohio State University, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York City. In 1935 he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and taught at Mills College. Active in the local art scene, he was director of the first San Francisco Art Festival. In 1946 Surendorf settled in the town of Columbia in the Sierra foothills. There he served as director of the short-lived Mother Lode Art School (1956) and produced works with an historic California theme. His paintings and prints depict the rough-and-tumble life of the old mining country in a regionalist style akin to that of Thomas Hart Benton. Member: California Society of Etchers; San Francisco Art Association; Mother Lode Art Association; Bay Region Art Association (Oakland). Exhibition: Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1936-41; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1936; SFMA, 1936, 1946; California Society of Etchers, 1938-54 (awards); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; De Young Museum, 1946. Collections: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Mills College (Oakland); Monterey Peninsula Museum; Library of Congress; Wichita Art Museum.
  • Creator:
    Charles Surendorf (1906 - 1979, American)
  • Creation Year:
    c. 1948
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 18.75 in (47.63 cm)Width: 24.75 in (62.87 cm)Depth: 0.75 in (1.91 cm)
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  • Condition:
    Some tonal ageing, but artwork is in good condition, especially considering its age. Mat is new. Frame has some minor scratches.
  • Gallery Location:
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: DBH83081stDibs: LU54211504582
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