A rare and unusual oil by one of the earliest 20th century California Painters. Many of his works were lost in the San Francisco Earthquake and fire that followed. His pre 1906 works are rare. Oil on Canvas Board 10 x 14. Frame appears to be original to piece.Signed lower left corner and dated ’02. Painting appears top be a southern California or Mexican Landscape.
John Bond Francisco was born in Cincinnati, OH on Dec. 14, 1863. From an early age Francisco was drawn to both music and art. He studied the violin with Hermann Eckhardt and painting at the Cincinnati Art Academy for several years.
He arrived in Los Angeles in 1887 and was so taken with the beauty of the place, he opted to make it his home. He soon continued his studies in Berlin, Munich, and in Paris at Académies Julian and Colarossi under Courtois, Bouguereau, and Robert-Fleury. While in Europe he studied the violin in the morning hours and painting in the afternoon.
Upon returning to Los Angeles in 1892, he married and built a home at 1401 Albany Street where he lived for the rest of his life. Combining an art and music career, he helped form the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra in 1897 and served as their first concert master. While teaching music and art at his studio, he made painting excursions into the surrounding countryside, often with his pupil Elmer Wachtel. He combined his Munich technique with that of the Barbizon’s influence to produce paintings of California deserts and mountains that held dramatic light and shade contrasts. Later his palette brightened and he leaned more toward Impressionism.
Francisco’s studio in the Blanchard Bldg and his home were a mecca for both painters and musicians until his death on Jan. 8, 1931.
Framed 17 1/2″ x 13″.