Consigned to American Legacy Fine Arts by private collectors
John Gamble is known for his idyllic Southern California Impressionist landscapes. This small dreamlike painting created en plein air, circa 1920s, is possibly of the Santa Barbara area with the Santa Ynez Mountains in the distance. The scene captures the essence of a shadowy forest setting with a stand of eucalyptus trees, a sunlit verdant valley in the middle distance, and a purple mountain range rising in the distant background. Gamble was trained in San Francisco at the California School of Design under Virgil Williams and Emil Carlsen; and in Paris he studied at the Académie Colarossi and at the Académie Julian under Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant. In 1906 Gamble moved from San Francisco to Santa Barbara after his studio was destroyed in the great earthquake and fire.
Wood with gold gilt finish by Riegler & Sons
DAV, Benezit Vol. 5 pp. 1289 – 11290, CAW p. 116, AIC p. 413, Whos2 p. 1235.
“American Legacy Fine Arts” label
“FACL” label ID # 05-259
Pencil markings, possibly framer's notes, "Gamble 55947"
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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