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Event History :
- 2016 August Auction (sold $9,600)
Signed l/l: John M. Gamble
Accompanying this offering is a letter from the curator of paintings at the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, November 3, 1960.
John Gamble studied painting and drawing in San Francisco in 1883. Virgil Williams was then the leading teacher of art in California, followed by Emil Carlsen, a truly great colorist. In Paris From 1891 to 1893 Gamble devoted himself to figure and portrait work. Back to San Francisco in 1893, the year of the depression, Gamble’s newly acquired technique and understanding of classic art counted for little. The fields of California wild flowers enchanted him, and he won recognition as the painter of the California spring. After the San Francisco fire he moved to Santa Barbara where he lived and painted for thirty years.
Exhibition History: “Santa Fe Collects,” Museum of New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, October 1977.
Provenance: purchased by current owner’s father, William Wensley, A.W.S. in 1919