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Painter, Lithographer, b. 1905 - d. 1999

Erle Loran, (1905-1999), was an important figure in the California artist scene, living most of his life the Bay Area. Loran taught for many years at UC Berkeley and exhibited his paintings around the United States.Early in life he travelled in Europe and lived in Paul Cezanne's studio. He would later write several books, including Cezannes Composition. Moving to California Loran became engrossed in the Bay Area art scene. During the 1930s Loran worked mostly in watercolor due to the ease of transporting materials while painting en plein air. Due to an incident where Loran was detained by military officials in the 1940s who were suspicious of possible spy activity, Loran began to paint oils form his studio. In Berkeley Loran was exposed to Hans Hofmann and began to paint in a abstract expressionist style, popular at the time. Later in life Loran adjusted his style of painting to the trending styles of the day including painting op art, pop art, and hard edge paintings.

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      • Erle Loran (1905-1999): Surfing Queen
        Jan. 25, 2024

        Erle Loran (1905-1999): Surfing Queen

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Erle Loran 1905-1999 Surfing Queen Liquitex acrylic on canvas 1966, signed and dated lower right, signed and dated agian and titled to verso

        Abell Auction
      • Erle Loran, Bay Sun
        Dec. 14, 2023

        Erle Loran, Bay Sun

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        Erle Loran Bay Sun 1965 Liquitex on canvas 51 h x 40 w in (130 x 102 cm) Signed and dated to lower right 'Loran '65'. Signed and titled to verso 'Bay Sun Erle Loran'. Provenance: Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York | Private Collection This work will ship from Lambertville, New Jersey.

        Rago Arts and Auction Center
      • Works on paper, Erle Loran
        Oct. 13, 2023

        Works on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $500 - $700

        (lot of 6) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Landscapes, each mixed media on paper, two signed lower right and left corners, sheet (largest, unframed): 8.25"h x 11.25"w. Provenance: Purchased from Clars Auction Gallery 2007.

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on Paper, Erle Loran
        Sep. 18, 2023

        Work on Paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $200 - $400

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Near Pinole, California, mixed media on paper, signed lower left, sight: 9"h x 12"w, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 22.5"w. Loran worked as a professor of art at the University of California, Berkeley, and his works are held at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Oakland Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on Paper, Erle Loran
        Jul. 14, 2023

        Work on Paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $300 - $500

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Near Pinole, California, mixed media on paper, signed lower left, sight: 9"h x 12"w, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 22.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Erle Loran lithograph
        Jun. 03, 2023

        Erle Loran lithograph

        Est: $200 - $400

        Erle Loran (1905-1999) ''San Francisco Bay'' lithograph, 1940, signed, titled, dated and numbered 105/150 in pencil, spot of foxing within image otherwise good condition. 11 7/8 x 9 1/8''

        Rachel Davis Fine Arts
      • Erle Loran, Untitled (Figure with Horses near Shelter), 1950
        May. 18, 2023

        Erle Loran, Untitled (Figure with Horses near Shelter), 1950

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Erle Loran (1905 - 1999) Untitled (Figure with Horses near Shelter), 1950 oil on panel signed and dated lower right: Erle Loran '50

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • Erle Loran, Untitled (Blacksmith), 1936
        May. 18, 2023

        Erle Loran, Untitled (Blacksmith), 1936

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Erle Loran (1905 - 1999) Untitled (Blacksmith), 1936 oil on canvas signed and dated lower right: Erle Loran '36

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • Work on Paper, Erle Loran
        May. 12, 2023

        Work on Paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $400 - $600

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Near Pinole, California, mixed media on paper, signed lower lower left, sight: 9"h x 12"w, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 22.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Painting, Erle Loran
        Feb. 09, 2023

        Painting, Erle Loran

        Est: $2,000 - $4,000

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999) "Sierras," 1962-1968, acrylic on canvas, signed and indistinctly dated lower right and signed, titled and dated on the stretcher bar, sight: 72"h x 52"w, overall (with frame): 72.5"h x 52.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Erle Loran (1905-1999) San Francisco Bay, 1940 Lithograph on paper 9-1/8 x 12 in
        Dec. 05, 2022

        Erle Loran (1905-1999) San Francisco Bay, 1940 Lithograph on paper 9-1/8 x 12 in

        Est: $300 - $500

        Erle Loran (1905-1999) San Francisco Bay, 1940 Lithograph on paper 9-1/8 x 12 inches (23.2 x 30.5 cm) (image) Ed. 132/150 Signed, numbered, dated, and titled in pencil along lower edge HID01801242017

        Heritage Auctions
      • Erle Loran "Light Operator" Liquitex on Canvas
        Nov. 17, 2022

        Erle Loran "Light Operator" Liquitex on Canvas

        Est: $2,000 - $4,000

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Liquitex on stretched canvas painting titled "Light Operator," depicting a kinetic, large format industrial-themed modernist painting, 1968. This is signed and dated in the lower right corner, and additionally signed, dated and titled on the verso with an Oakland, California exhibit label from a 1969 Institute of Creative Arts traveling exhibition arranged through The University of California. An exhibition catalogue is included in sale, with the painting shown as a full page color plate. This is a commanding remarkable example housed in the original wood strip frame. Literature: The University of California, Santa Barbara, "The Institute of Create Arts," 1969. Lot Essay: Erle Loran (1905-1999) Erle Loran was born in 1905 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 3, 1905. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Loran studied at the Minneapolis School of Art under direction of Cameron Booth. His talent was recognized early when in 1926, he won the Paris Prize, which provided him the benefit of a traveling scholarship to Europe where he lived in the studio of Paul Cézanne. This exposure provided much influence to Loran's life, where he saw the works of Picasso and other European modernists. But, it was Cézanne's work that motivated him. His fascination with Cézanne led him on a three-year odyssey through Cézanne country where Loran painted and photographed the countryside around Aix en Provence. It would be this experience that formed the foundation for Loran's 1943 book, "Cezannes' Composition". After returning from Europe, he exhibited extensively. In 1936, he moved to California where be began his long teaching career in the art department of the University of California, Berkeley. It would also be during this period that Loran would associate himself with modernist Hans Hoffman. Loran served as the department's chair in the early 1950s, and was awarded a University Citation upon retirement in 1973. His early paintings include lyrical abstractions in primary colors; however, his style has constantly changed with the times. Watercolor was Loran's medium of choice because it dried fast and was lighter to transport to his often-remote plein air locations, such as the ghost towns of California and Nevada. His landscapes, often to include a building or structure, were clean, fresh, and spontaneous. In the 1940s, as the war in the Pacific intensified along with domestic tensions, Loran's work transitioned from plein-air painting to studio work. During this period, landscape painters were occasionally seen as suspicious figures and sometimes mistaken for spies. Loran had such an experience when an armed soldier detained him. Shortly thereafter he decided to focus his painting on abstraction. In the late 1960s, his work became a fusing of Op, Pop, and Hard Edge. From this he moved to figurative painting and later to geometric designs and symbols. In 1960, while in New York City, Loran had further study with Hans Hoffmann who brought European modernist philosophy and techniques to the United States. Among Loran's many exhibitions were in 1924 at the Minnesota State Fair; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, 1933; the Rockefeller Center, 1935; Oakland Art Gallery, 1936-1946; the San Francisco Art Museum annuals from 1936; the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1945; California Watercolor Society, 1947, among many others. His works can be seen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Museum, the University of Minnesota, the Santa Barbara Museum, and the International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation. Afflicted with a visual impairment, Erle Loran continued to paint until about a year before his death. He died in Berkeley, California on May 13, 1999 at the age of 93.

        Revere Auctions
      • Works on paper, Erle Loran
        Oct. 15, 2022

        Works on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $200 - $400

        (lot of 4) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Abstracts, pastel or gouache on paper, unsigned, provenance affixed verso, overall (with frame/largest): 17.25"h x 13.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • ERLE LORAN (1905 - 1999): SIERRAS
        Sep. 25, 2022

        ERLE LORAN (1905 - 1999): SIERRAS

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        1962-1968; acrylic on canvas; signed and dated lower right; 72 x 52 inches; 72 1/2 x 52 1/2 inches frame

        Abell Auction
      • ERLE LORAN (CA/NY/FRANCE, 1905-1999)
        Jul. 10, 2022

        ERLE LORAN (CA/NY/FRANCE, 1905-1999)

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        "Black Genesis", impasto oil on masonite, signed lower right, signed and titled verso, with a fragment of an exhibition label from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In artist made drybrushed and combed pine mitered frame, OS: 52" x 27 3/4", SS: 37 1/2" x 24 1/4", good condition.

        Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
      • ERLE LORAN GOUACHE PAINTING CALIFORNIA
        Mar. 26, 2022

        ERLE LORAN GOUACHE PAINTING CALIFORNIA

        Est: $1,500 - $2,000

        14" by 17" framed. Back had writing on it but has since become illegible. Erle Loran was born in 1905 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 3, 1905. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Loran studied at the Minneapolis School of Art under direction of Cameron Booth. His talent was recognized early when in 1926, he won the Paris Prize, which provided him the benefit of a traveling scholarship to Europe where he lived in the studio of Paul Cézanne. This exposure provided much influence to Loran's life, where he saw the works of Picasso and other European modernists. But, it was Cézanne's work that motivated him. His fascination with Cézanne led him on a three-year odyssey through Cézanne country where Loran painted and photographed the countryside around Aix en Provence. It would be this experience that formed the foundation for Loran's 1943 book, "Cezannes' Composition". After returning from Europe, he exhibited extensively. In 1936, he moved to California where be began his long teaching career in the art department of the University of California, Berkeley. It would also be during this period that Loran would associate himself with modernist Hans Hoffman. Loran served as the department's chair in the early 1950s, and was awarded a University Citation upon retirement in 1973. His early paintings include lyrical abstractions in primary colors; however, his style has constantly changed with the times. Watercolor was Loran's medium of choice because it dried fast and was lighter to transport to his often-remote plein air locations, such as the ghost towns of California and Nevada. His landscapes, often to include a building or structure, were clean, fresh, and spontaneous. A sample of his works, 'Refined Oil Dock', 1941, is a delightful period piece showing an East Bay refinery with it's brick buildings and shacks of an oil company silhouetted against the Golden Gate Bridge. In the 1940s, as the war in the Pacific intensified along with domestic tensions, Loran's work transitioned from plein-air painting to studio work. During this period, landscape painters were occasionally seen as suspicious figures and sometimes mistaken for spies. Loran had such an experience when an armed soldier detained him. Shortly thereafter he decided to focus his painting on abstraction. In the late 1960s, his work became a fusing of Op, Pop, and Hard Edge. From this he moved to figurative painting and later to geometric designs and symbols. In 1960, while in New York City, Loran had further study with Hans Hoffmann who brought European modernist philosophy and techniques to the United States. Among Loran's many exhibitions were in 1924 at the Minnesota State Fair; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, 1933; the Rockefeller Center, 1935; Oakland Art Gallery, 1936-1946; the San Francisco Art Museum annuals from 1936; the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1945; California Watercolor Society, 1947, among many others. His works can be seen at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Museum, the University of Minnesota, the Santa Barbara Museum, and the International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation. Afflicted with a visual impairment, Erle Loran continued to paint until about a year before his death. He died in Berkeley, California on May 13, 1999 at the age of 93.

        Davis Brothers Auction
      • Mixed media, Erle Loran
        Feb. 19, 2022

        Mixed media, Erle Loran

        Est: $300 - $500

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), "Dynamated Stumps" and "Abstract #8," mixed media on paper, unsigned, sights: 7.75"h x 11.25"w and 8"h x 12"w, overall (with frame/each): 16.75"h x 20.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on Paper, Erle Loran
        Jan. 15, 2022

        Work on Paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $150 - $250

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), "Docks at Carquinez," mixed media on paper, signed lower left, titled verso, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 21.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999)
        Jan. 08, 2022

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999)

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999) Desert Landscape mixed media signed lower left 13 x 16 inches (frame) 6 x 9 inches (sight)

        Fontaine's Auction Gallery
      • Work on Paper, Erle Loran
        Dec. 18, 2021

        Work on Paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $300 - $500

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), "Docks at Carquinez," mixed media on paper, signed lower left, titled verso, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 21.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • ERLE LORAN, AMERICAN, 1905-1999, OIL ON ARTIST BOARD H 19" W 13" "RED WAVES"
        Sep. 10, 2021

        ERLE LORAN, AMERICAN, 1905-1999, OIL ON ARTIST BOARD H 19" W 13" "RED WAVES"

        Est: $300 - $500

        Provenance: San Francisco Museum of Art Rental Gallery (Accession number E65 51: paper label affixed verso)

        DuMouchelles
      • ERLE LORAN, AMERICAN, 1905-1999, OIL ON ARTIST BOARD H 18" W 14" "RED CONFIGURATION"
        Sep. 10, 2021

        ERLE LORAN, AMERICAN, 1905-1999, OIL ON ARTIST BOARD H 18" W 14" "RED CONFIGURATION"

        Est: $300 - $500

        Provenance: San Francisco Museum of Art Rental Gallery (Label on the verso)

        DuMouchelles
      • Erle Loran, (1905-1999, Berkeley, CA), Still life with fruit, Oil on canvas, 29.5" H x 36" W
        Aug. 10, 2021

        Erle Loran, (1905-1999, Berkeley, CA), Still life with fruit, Oil on canvas, 29.5" H x 36" W

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Erle Loran (1905-1999, Berkeley, CA) Still life with fruit Oil on canvas Signed and inscribed lower right: Erle Loran / after Cezanne 29.5" H x 36" W

        John Moran Auctioneers
      • Mixed Media on Paper, Erle Loran
        Mar. 20, 2021

        Mixed Media on Paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $250 - $350

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), "Marin Farm," mixed media on paper, signed lower left, titled verso, sight: 8.5"h x 11.5"w, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 22.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Mixed media on paper, Erle Loran
        Feb. 21, 2021

        Mixed media on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $500 - $700

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), "Marin Farm," mixed media on paper, signed lower left, titled verso, sight: 8.5"h x 11.5"w, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 22.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper, Erle Loran
        Feb. 20, 2021

        Works on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $400 - $600

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999) Industrial Scene, and San Francisco Landscape, charcoal/sumi-e on paper, each unsigned, overall (with frame/each): 16"h x 20"w/15.75"h x 19.75"w. Provenance: Purchased from the estate of the artist.

        Clars Auctions
      • Erle Loran, (American, 1905-1999), California Coast, 1941, oil on canvas, 25" x 30"
        Oct. 15, 2020

        Erle Loran, (American, 1905-1999), California Coast, 1941, oil on canvas, 25" x 30"

        Est: $300 - $500

        signed and dated lower right

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Watercolors, Erle Loran
        Sep. 12, 2020

        Watercolors, Erle Loran

        Est: $300 - $500

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), "Abstract #57" and "Abstract #60," watercolors on paper, each unsigned, largest overall (with frame): 20"h x 16"w. Provenance: From the Estate of Erle Loran (Berkeley, CA).

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper, Erle Loran
        Dec. 14, 2019

        Works on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $200 - $400

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Southwest Landscape, crayon on paper, and Abstact in colors, watercolor and gouache, each unsigned, largest overall (with frame): 14.75"h x 17"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Erle Loran (1905-1999) Noyo beach 16 x 22 1/2in (40.7 x 57.3cm)
        Nov. 19, 2019

        Erle Loran (1905-1999) Noyo beach 16 x 22 1/2in (40.7 x 57.3cm)

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Erle Loran (1905-1999) Noyo beach signed 'Loran' (lower right) watercolor on paper 16 x 22 1/2in (40.7 x 57.3cm) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

        Bonhams
      • Mixed Medias, Erle Loran
        Nov. 16, 2019

        Mixed Medias, Erle Loran

        Est: $500 - $700

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Landscape with Mountain and Rider, mixed medias, each unsigned, largest overall (with frame): 13.75"h x 18.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Erle Loran, Am. 1905-1999, "Mountain Abstract", watercolor on paper, framed under glass, 22" x 29.5" sight, 30" x 37" framed
        Oct. 19, 2019

        Erle Loran, Am. 1905-1999, "Mountain Abstract", watercolor on paper, framed under glass, 22" x 29.5" sight, 30" x 37" framed

        Est: $600 - $800

        Erle Loran Am. 1905-1999 "Mountain Abstract" watercolor on paper, framed under glass signed and dated "Loran '82" l.r. 22" x 29.5" sight, 30" x 37" framed

        Barridoff Auctions
      • Works on paper, Erle Loran
        Oct. 12, 2019

        Works on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $100 - $200

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Horses in a Corral & Abstract #45, pastel and watercolor, labels from the estate of the artist affixed verso, largest overall (both framed): 13.75"h x 16.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Painting, Erle Loran
        Sep. 15, 2019

        Painting, Erle Loran

        Est: $400 - $600

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999) Untitled (Abstract in red and black), oil on board, signed lower center, board: 36"h x 12"w, overall (with frame): 40.5"h x 16.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper, Erle Loran
        Sep. 14, 2019

        Works on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $300 - $500

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), "Rocky Coastal Scenes" mixed media on paper, and Abstract, india ink on paper, each unsigned overall (with frame/each): 14"h x 18"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper by Erle Loran
        Aug. 10, 2019

        Works on paper by Erle Loran

        Est: $200 - $400

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Untitleds (Abstracts in Color) mixed media and pastel on paper, unsigned, artist's estate label affixed verso to each, largest overall (both framed): 18"h x 14"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on paper, Erle Loran
        Jul. 14, 2019

        Work on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $600 - $900

        Erle Loran (American, 1905–1999), "Bolinas," mixed media on paper, signed lower right, sight: 8.5"h x 11.5"w, overall (with frame): 19.25"h x 22"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on paper, Erle Loran
        Jun. 16, 2019

        Work on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $600 - $900

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), "Near Bolinas," pastel on paper, signed lower right, titled verso, sight: 9"h x 11.75"w, overall (with frame): 19.75"h x 22.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper by Erle Loran
        Jun. 15, 2019

        Works on paper by Erle Loran

        Est: $100 - $200

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Untitled (Abstract and Ranch), mixed medias on paper, artist's estate labels affixed verso. overalls (both framed): 14"h x 17"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper by Erle Loran
        Jun. 15, 2019

        Works on paper by Erle Loran

        Est: $100 - $200

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Coastal Abstract & Abstract Still Life, ink and ink wash on paper, estate of the artist labels affixed verso, overalls (each framed): 20.25"h x 16"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Erle Loran Watercolor 'Durango, Colorado 1948'
        May. 18, 2019

        Erle Loran Watercolor 'Durango, Colorado 1948'

        Est: $500 - $700

        Watercolor of Durango, CO by California artist Erle Loran, (American 1905-1999). Titled ''Durango, Colo' Dated 1948 Watercolor and gouache on heavy watercolor paper Measures 15.25" x 22.5" From a Santa Cruz, CA collection.

        The Modern Art Exchange
      • Pastel, Erle Loran
        Apr. 14, 2019

        Pastel, Erle Loran

        Est: $600 - $900

        Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Refineries in Benicia, pastel, signed lower left, sight: 9"h x 11.5"w, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 22.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper by Erle Loran
        Apr. 13, 2019

        Works on paper by Erle Loran

        Est: $100 - $200

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999) Trees & Victoria, British Columbia Museum Totems, mixed medias on paper, unsigned, artist estate label affixed verso, largest overall (both framed): 17"h x 19"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper by Erle Loran
        Apr. 13, 2019

        Works on paper by Erle Loran

        Est: $100 - $200

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Untitled (Landscapes), watercolors, estate of the artist labels affixed verso, overalls (each framed): 16"h x 18.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on paper, Erle Loran
        Feb. 16, 2019

        Works on paper, Erle Loran

        Est: $200 - $400

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Horses in a Corral & Abstract #45, pastel and watercolor, labels from the estate of the artist affixed verso, largest overall (both framed): 13.75"h x 16.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Pastels, Erle Loran
        Dec. 15, 2018

        Pastels, Erle Loran

        Est: $100 - $200

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999) Abstract Landscapes, pastels on papers, each unsigned, largest overall (with frame): 11"h x 17"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Erle Loran - 1940s Modernist Painting
        Oct. 25, 2018

        Erle Loran - 1940s Modernist Painting

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        San Francisco Bay Area modernist painting. Media: Oil in masonite panel. Title: Untitled (Bay Area Farm Scene with San Francisco Bay in the Background). Date: 1945 Measurements: 19in. x 26in. x 1.5in. Condition: Good condition overall. Some paint loss at edges. (see images) Notes: 1940s modernist oil painting. Provenance: From a Berkeley, CA estate. About the artist: Erle Loran, (1905-1999), was an important figure in the California artist scene, living most of his life the Bay Area. Loran taught for many years at UC Berkeley and exhibited his paintings around the United States.Early in life he travelled in Europe and lived in Paul Cezanne's studio. He would later write several books, including Cezannes Composition. Moving to California Loran became engrossed in the Bay Area art scene. During the 1930s Loran worked mostly in watercolor due to the ease of transporting materials while painting en plein air. Due to an incident where Loran was detained by military officials in the 1940s who were suspicious of possible spy activity, Loran began to paint oils form his studio. In Berkeley Loran was exposed to Hans Hofmann and began to paint in a abstract expressionist style, popular at the time. Later in life Loran adjusted his style of painting to the trending styles of the day including painting op art, pop art, and hard edge paintings.

        The Modern Art Exchange
      • Works on paper by Erle Loran
        Aug. 11, 2018

        Works on paper by Erle Loran

        Est: $200 - $400

        (lot of 2) Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Abstract #53, and Abstract #37, mixed media on paper, each with Estate of the Artist label affixed verso, largest overall (each framed): 18.25"h x 15.25"w

        Clars Auctions
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