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Lot 77: Harold Joseph Wagner (1902-1976 San Francisco, CA)

California & American Fine Art Auction

by John Moran Auctioneers

25 October 2016

Monrovia, CA, USA

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Description: Figure walking harborside with docked boats on a Northern California coast, signed lower right: Har. Wagner, oil on canvas, 20'' H x 24'' W, est: $2000/3000. Note: A Draftsman, architect and fine artist, Oregon native Harold Wagner moved to San Francisco in the early 1920s and worked in his first job as a draftsman for Arthur and Lucia Mathews' ''Furniture Shop'' in the city. Wagner went on to work as an architect in the San Francisco firm of William Baker Faville but was also producing his own paintings during this period. He received major recognition for his personal work in 1933 when Grafton Gallery included him in a series of exhibitions comprising works by distinguished California artists dubbed the ''Group of Eight''. In addition to Wagner, the group comprised Arthur Hill Gilbert, Armin Hansen, Frank Tenney Johnson, Gustav Liljestrom, Edgar Payne, William Ritschel and William Wendt. Wagner continued to exhibit in the 1930s including at the San Francisco Museum of Art's Inaugural show and the California State Fair, both in 1935, and at the Santa Cruz Art League three years later. His works are included in the San Francisco Museum of Art and Oakland Museum collections. In this Northern California bright but cloud-filled scene, a figure walks near harbor rocks. Moored sailboats bob on the water, their sails down. Wagner's lively brushwork is layered with heavy impasto and the artist utlizes the raw canvas in intentional and isolated areas in order to enhance the three-dimensionality of the foreground rocks.

Condition Report: Visual: Generally good condition. Craquelure scattered throughout. Blacklight: A 4.5'' scattered line of touch-up upper center. A 1.5'' line with corresponding patch verso, a 1'' x 1.5'' area and a 1.5'' line of touch-up in the center. Two dime-sized spots of touch-up lower center. A pea-sized spot and three 1'' lines of touch-up right center. Small spots of touch-up scattered throughout the sky.

Notes: A Draftsman, architect and fine artist, Oregon native Harold Wagner moved to San Francisco in the early 1920s and worked in his first job as a draftsman for Arthur and Lucia Mathews' ''Furniture Shop'' in the city. Wagner went on to work as an architect in the San Francisco firm of William Baker Faville but was also producing his own paintings during this period. He received major recognition for his personal work in 1933 when Grafton Gallery included him in a series of exhibitions comprising works by distinguished California artists dubbed the ''Group of Eight''. In addition to Wagner, the group comprised Arthur Hill Gilbert, Armin Hansen, Frank Tenney Johnson, Gustav Liljestrom, Edgar Payne, William Ritschel and William Wendt. Wagner continued to exhibit in the 1930s including at the San Francisco Museum of Art's Inaugural show and the California State Fair, both in 1935, and at the Santa Cruz Art League three years later. His works are included in the San Francisco Museum of Art and Oakland Museum collections. In this Northern California bright but cloud-filled scene, a figure walks near harbor rocks. Moored sailboats bob on the water, their sails down. Wagner's lively brushwork is layered with heavy impasto and the artist utlizes the raw canvas in intentional and isolated areas in order to enhance the three-dimensionality of the foreground rocks

Provenance: Private Collection, Santa Monica, CA

Dimensions: 20'' H x 24'' W

Artist or Maker: Harold Joseph Wagner (1902-1976 San Francisco, CA)

Medium: oil on canvas

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