Lot 197: HANSON PUTHUFF (1875-1972). THE CHIEF TO CALIFORNIA / CAJON PASS. Circa 1936. 41x28 inches, 108x71 cm.
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
HANSON PUTHUFF (1875-1972) THE CHIEF TO CALIFORNIA / CAJON PASS. Circa 1936.
41 1/2x28 inches, 108x71 cm.
Condition B+: restored losses, repaired tears, minor creases and overpainting in margins and image; slight discoloration at right edge.
Puthuff, born in Missouri, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Denver Art School before settling in California. He made a career as a commercial artist - creating murals, billboards, theater advertisements and even museum dioramas for the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. In 1926, he turned entirely toward fine art, exhibiting his signature landscape paintings in museums around the country and becoming involved in several art clubs and associations (http://collections.lacma.org/node/166744). Puthuff counted himself among the California Plein-Air Painters, mockingly coined "The Eucalyptus School," creating most of his mountain landscapes on location. Even though he had just decided to abandoned commercial art, the Santa Fe Railroad commissioned him that same year to paint views of the Grand Canyon for advertising. The painting featured in this Santa Fe Railroad poster illustrates an Impressionistic and atmospheric view of a different landmark, the Cajon Pass - the mountains so monumental that the viewer may not even notice the Chief train chugging along in the middle ground. previously unrecorded at auction.