"Winter Morning" by Charles Surendorf
CHARLES FREDERICK SURENDORF
(American, 1906 - 1979)
Oil on board, 16 x 20 inches (board), 24 x 28 inches (frame), signed and dated lower left, verso: "Winter Morning - Columbia - 1949," hand-carved 22k gold leaf frame.
Charles Frederick Surendorf, engraver, painter, teacher, blockprinter, cartoonist, lecturer and writer, was born in 1906 in Richmond, Indiana. He first attended Ohio State University before moving east and studying at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York City. In 1935 Surendorf moved once again, this time west, to the San Francisco Bay area of California. It was there in California where he spent the remainder of his life. He returned to school at Mills College and became the founding director of the first San Francisco Art Festival. During the 1930s, Surendorf worked as a Works Progress Administration Printmaker while on his own time creating dramatic oils and innovative woodcuts and linocuts. He was known to care little for critics' opinions and carried on mastering his own style which mixed new Modernist techniques with the Regionalist's subject matter. In 1946 Surendorf settled in the historic mining town of Columbia, California. Surendorf illustrated the book, "Mr. Pimney in 1945. He served as director at the Mother Lode Art School & Gallery there. His California themed works are well known today and compared to those of Thomas Hart Benton. Charles Surendorf died in Columbia, California in 1979.
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