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Signed Milford Zornes Watercolor / Ink - Nude at Beach

Milford Zornes (American, 1908-2008), watercolor and ink drawing entitled "Nature at the Beach," 2002 CE. A wonderful female nude painted by Milford Zornes in watercolor and ink with additional sketches on the verso, all on a sheet from the artist's address book, signed and dated by the artist in ink on the lower center. The piece is titled "Nature at the Beach" on the Anderson Art Gallery Certificate of Authenticity, quite appropriate as the figure stands before a coastline with outstretched arms, surrounded by a pair of flying seagulls. Zornes was an American watercolor artist who is widely revered as a leader of the California Style watercolor movement that began in the 1920s. Zornes' style departed from the traditional use of watercolors. Rather than adding color to detailed pencil drawings, Zornes applied transparent washes of color to large sheets of paper and allowed the white to show through using this white space to define shapes as demonstrated in this example. This piece also reveals Zornes' love of line with ink-rendered outlines. A wonderful example created by Milford Zornes, an American treasure. Follow this link to watch a wonderful video of Milford Zornes in his home studio in 2006 - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehte4qAxK_c) Size: 11" L x 8.5" W (27.9 cm x 21.6 cm)

Zornes was educated at the Otis Art Institute were he studied with Millard Sheets and F. Tolles Chamberlin. He later taught at Otis as well, making a name for himself as a talented educator. Highlights of his career include a one-man exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. a ND having one of his watercolors selected by President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt to hang in the White House. In addition to being a prolific watercolorist, Zornes created murals under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program for post offices in El Campo, Texas as well as his hometown of Claremont, California during the era of the Great Depression. Zornes was also an active member of the California Water Color Society, becoming president of that organization in 1942. Zorne's works have been acquired by esteemed institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the White House, and the Library of Congress Collection.

Condition: A few minor creases at upper left margin. Else excellent.

Provenance: Ex-private Los Angeles County collection. Certificate of Authenticity from Anderson Art Gallery, Sunset Beach, CA.

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