Arthur Grover Rider


Arthur Grover Rider 1885-1975 . Born in Chicago, Illinois on March 21, 1886. Rider attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and during his student years there he painted for the Chicago Lyric Opera. He traveled to Europe where he studied at the Academie Colarossi and the Academe de la Grand Chaumiere in Paris, and exhibited there at the George Petite Galleries. While living in London, he painted for the London Opera at Covent Garden. . He spent several summers in Valencia, Spain, studying … [Read more...]

Karl Yens


Karl Yens 1868-1945 . Karl Yens was born in Altona, Germany in 1868. He studied with the German genre painter Max Koch in Berlin and later with Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian in Paris. . After settling in Southern California circa 1910, Yens exhibited and won a medal in the impressive (though little remembered or documented) Pan California International Exposition, held in San Diego's Balboa Park in 1915. He continued to show widely in Southern California: at … [Read more...]

Karl Yens, The Ride with a Snap, Venice, California, 1918


Karl Yens The Ride with a Snap, Venice, California Oil on canvas, 1918 40 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches Gift of Mrs. John Grier 1973.032 . Karl Yens painted The Ride with a Snap, Venice, California in 1918 at the end of World War I. His patriotic evocation of the flag—the red, white, and blue pennants fluttering furiously in the wind—gives a nod to prominent American Impressionist Childe Hassam’s Flag series  (1916-1919). . Intent on attracting people to Southern California in the early 20th … [Read more...]

William Wendt, Spring in the Canyon, 1926


William Wendt Spring in the Canyon Oil on canvas, 1926 25 x 30 inches Gift of Mrs. W. A. Griffith 1930.005 . … [Read more...]

DeWain Valentine


DeWain Valentine b. 1936 . DeWain Valentine is an American minimalist sculptor who was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1936. Often associated with the Light and Space movement in the 1960s, he is best known for his translucent glass, fiberglass and cast polyester resin sculptures having slick surfaces suggestive of machine made objects. He lives and works in Gardena, California. Yellow Roller Color-impregnated polyester resin and fiberglass, 1974 38 x 71 x 37 inches Gift of … [Read more...]

DeWain Valentine, Yellow Roller, 1974


DeWain Valentine Yellow Roller Color-impregnated polyester resin and fiberglass, 1974 38 x 71 x 37 inches Gift of Herbert Hirsh, from the Estate of Pauline Hirsh 1988.017 . In the late 1970s, DeWain Valentine created remarkable large-scale resin sculptures with all the attributes of the immersive light installations of his Light and Space colleagues. . Yellow Roller is from an earlier LA Finish Fetish series that is less about atmosphere or the instability of light and space and more … [Read more...]

Frederick John Schwankovsky


Frederick John Schwankovsky 1885-1974 . Frederick Schwankovsky studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and at the Art Students League in New York City. After moving to Los Angeles in 1917, he worked for a year in the motion picture industry before joining the faculty of Manual Arts High School, becoming head of the art department. Among his students were future abstract expressionist artists Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) and Philip Guston (1913-1980). In 1926 … [Read more...]

Frederick John Schwankovsky, Woman at the Piano, 1920


Frederick John Schwankovsky Woman at the Piano Oil on canvas, 1920 26 x 20 1/4 inches Gift of the artist 1940.001 . Frederick Schwankovsky’s family operated a music business, and the importance of music within Schwankovsky's art is evident in Woman at the Piano. (His wife was a pianist, and it is likely that it is she depicted.) In this painting, he integrates spirituality and aesthetics, producing a dynamic and dream-like image. Here he combines his interest in the figure and in still … [Read more...]

Donna Schuster


Donna Schuster 1883-1953 . Donna Schuster attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School where she worked with noted American Impressionists Edmund C. Tarbell (1862-1938) and Frank W. Benson (1862-1951). In 1912 she joined William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) on a painting tour of Belgium. After returning to the United States, she moved to Los Angeles. She studied with Chase once more at the Carmel Summer School in 1913. . In 1923 Schuster built a … [Read more...]

Donna Schuster, O’er Waiting Harp Strings, 1921


Donna Schuster O'er Waiting Harp Strings Oil on canvas, 1921 30 x 30 inches Gift of Catherine Jackson 1954.001 . Donna Schuster showed O’er Waiting Harp Strings in the 1927 exhibition of the Group of Eight, an organization of progressively-minded artists in Los Angeles. The painting expresses the musician’s rapture through an almost lurid juxtaposition of the complementary colors of yellow and violet. The brilliant effect of light above her head reads almost as a spiritual emanation. The … [Read more...]