Art Auction 2018 | George Gibson


George Gibson, N.A.

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Arizona
Watercolor on paper, 1998
22 x 28 1/2 inches
Kevin Rowe and Irene Vlitos Rowe
Value: $3,500
Starting bid: $1,750

Scottish native George Gibson (1904–2001) is well known in the movie industry for his long and distinguished career as a scenic artist in Hollywood. While employed at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1934 and 1969, he had a hand in many major film productions and as scenic art director on The Wizard of Oz (1939) was responsible for the iconic image of the Emerald City. Alongside his movie career, he was a prominent watercolor painter and in 1950–51 served as president of the California Water Color Society. He made painting trips throughout the Southwest and Mexico, and this view of the Mission San Xavier del Bac, south of Tucson, is characteristic of the works he made on his travels. Built in 1783–97, the Mission San Xavier del Bac is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States.

Selected collections

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Selected exhibition

Artists and Their Mentors, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 2015

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