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Erle Loran

American, 1905-1999

Erle Loran was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1905. He attended the University of Minnesota for a while before studying at the Minneapolis School of Art, under Cameron Booth, and graduated in 1926. Loran was awarded a traveling scholarship from the Chaloner Foundation (Paris Prize) after graduation and spent the next four years in Europe, living in Cézanne’s studio. Loran had always been fascinated by the work of the artist Paul Cézanne, and it motivated him throughout his life both in his painting and writing. He would later pen several books and articles based on his time spent in what was once Cézanne’s world. Once he returned home, Loran moved to California and began not only painting and continuing his art career, but also took up teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as chairman of the art department from 1952–56 and continued teaching there until his retirement in 1973, where he was awarded a University Citation. Berkeley once again awarded Loran, this time in 1981, declaring him an Emeritus Professor.

During the 1940s, Loran belonged to a group of some 20 artists that produced lithographs for the “Chronicle Contemporary Graphics” project. Around the same time, he published two books (one of which was the successful Cézanne Composition) and two articles in art magazines the following decade. By the late 1960s, Loran had changed focus and began painting more abstract images, fusing Op Art, Pop Art and Hard Edge. Perhaps his new direction was influenced by his time spent in New York learning under the artist Hans Hoffman, an artist from Europe who was heavily interested in bringing modern European techniques and philosophies to America. Loran was eventually hindered by visual impairment but continued painting until about a year before his death. He passed away in Berkeley, California, in 1999.

(Biography provided by Robert Azensky Fine Art)

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Mid Century Abstracted San Francisco Bay Line Drawing Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Bold abstract geometric landscape, an expressive black and white line drawing done in pastel, by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Unsigned, but was acquired from the artist's estate...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Erle Loran

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"Cliff's Formation" - Modernist Geometric Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Gorgeous abstracted geometric landscape titled, "Cliff's Formation" by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), 1984. Unframed. Signed and dated lower right "Loran '84" and titled "Cliff's ...
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1980s Abstract Geometric Erle Loran

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"Young Surfer", Mid Century Pop Art Figurative Abstract in Pink, Orange, Purple
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dramatic and vivid large scale young surfer figurative abstract by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed and dated lower right "Loran '66" and titled "Young Surfer" on verso. Pres...
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1960s Pop Art Erle Loran

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Canvas, Acrylic

Early 20th Century California Industrial Scene Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Vibrant California modernist industrial landscape by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed and dated lower left "Erle Loran '37." Presented in a gilt wood frame, with faux suede l...
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1930s American Modern Erle Loran

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Watercolor, Gouache, Archival Paper

Boulders and Trees
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Vivid watercolor titled Boulders and Trees by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed lower right "Loran '77". Titled "Boulders and Trees" and dated "1977" on verso. Presented in a ...
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1970s Modern Erle Loran

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

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H 30 in. W 37 in. D 1 in.
Large Scale San Francisco Abstract Geometric Landscape -- "Tidal Formations"
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Large-scale San Francisco Bay Area abstract geometric landscape, titled "Tidal Formations", by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric ...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Erle Loran

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Canvas, Acrylic

Mid Century Cyan Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dynamic mid century cyan abstract by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed "Erle Loran" and dated "51" lower right. Presented in silver toned metal frame with mat sans glass. Ima...
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1950s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran

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Gouache, Archival Paper

1940's California Hills Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Substantial and period mid-century modern American Scene watercolor of the Oakland, California countryside by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), 1944. Signed lower right "Earl Loran" ...
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1940s American Modern Erle Loran

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

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