Consigned to American Legacy Fine Arts by private collectors.
Jack Wilkinson Smith was a New York-based illustrator before moving out West around 1906 seeking the mythical Western experience. He settled in the San Gabriel Valley town of Alhambra in the small art colony known as Artists’ Alley. Smith’s marvelous, loosely-painted, rugged landscape embodies adventure. This painting, circa 1927, shows a beckoning trail meandering up and over a rocky slope dotted with pine while heading in the direction of a distant mountain vista. Overall, a memorable interpretation of nature’s bounty and serenity in the remote Western landscape. When asked about California, Smith responded, “Why go elsewhere? Where are mountains nobler than the Sierras?"
Wood with gold gilt finish.
"Katherine Norris F.A." taped on frame
“American Legacy Fine Arts” label
White card with title and artist's name
Hanging tag, possibly for auction, ID # "37152-B10"
Early California Masters: Paintings from the Katherine A. Norris Legacy Collection, American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, California, November 12 - December 19, 2021
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