March 22, 2016 - California & American Fine Art Auction

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Lot# 009 Filastro (Fil) Matthew Mottola (1915-2008 Laguna Niguel, CA)


''Main Beach Memories'', Laguna Beach, oil on masonite, 12'' H x 10'' W, est: $3000/5000
*Price Realized: $3,600.00


signed lower right: Mottola, signed again, titled and inscribed verso: Laguna Beach, CA. Note: 'Filastro Mottola (1915-2008) was attracted to the liveliness of the beach scene, with its throngs of bathers and sun worshippers in their bathing costumes, somewhat similar to the East Coast impressionists William Glackens (1870-1938) and Edward Potthast (1857-1927). In the late 1990s, he became a prolific recorder of the Laguna Beach scene, always working with a vivid, rich, color palette. Not since California impressionist William Griffith (1846-1940) in the 1930s and modernist Roger Kuntz (1926-1975) in the early 1970s painted Laguna Beach as their subject matter had such a skilled artist, like Mottola, delved so intensely into painting the active beach life. In his painting Main Beach Memories, his short daubs of painterly brushstrokes and variegated color palette created the necessary textures and movement he required for the sand. The juxtaposition of color accents in the umbrella played against this neutral platform. Mottola had a special ability to describe the human in motion or at rest. He led our eye from the couple at rest in the foreground to the bathers in mid-distance and to the higher plane of bathers next to the ocean. Mottola's early formal training equipped him well to accomplish the proper perspective to moving his figures throughout the picture plane, and his understanding of the human anatomy gave validity to his bathers' forms.''

Patricia Trenton, Ph.D. and curator of the upcoming 2017 exhibition ''The Golden Twenties: Portraits and Figures of Joseph Kleitsch'' at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Provenance: Private Collection, Dana Point, CA. Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. A small spot of paint loss upper right. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.

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Artist Index

Abril, Ben 121
Alvarez, Mabel 138
Anton, Bill 156, 157, 164
Askenazy, Mischa 124
Aspevig, Clyde 39

Barnes, Ernie 130
Bartlett, Dana 38
Baum, Walter E. 98
Beers, Julie Hart 92
Benjamin, Karl 149
Benton, Thomas Hart 12
Berninghaus, Oscar E. 13
Bernstein, Theresa Ferber 125
Bickerstaff, George 107
Bischoff, Franz A. 2, 3, 7, 20, 21, 44, 54, 117
Borein, Edward 74, 75, 76
Botke, Jessie Arms 85
Brett, Dorothy 69, 70
Breuer, Henry Joseph 55
Burkhardt, Hans 137

Cameron, Shawn 116
Carter, Pruett Alexander 67
Christie, Keith 154, 155, 165
Clark, Alson Skinner 33, 29
Coleman, Roi Clarkson 26
Colyer, Vincent B. 17
Cromwell, Joane 25
Cuprien, Frank W. 24, 52
Curtis, Rosa 66

de Forest, Lockwood 47, 48, 49
Deming, Edwin Willard 73
Dempwolf, Karl 31
Dewey, Alfred James 45
Dike, Phil 1
Dillon, Lorna 114
Drogkamp, Charles 106

Earle, Eyvind 139
Ellenshaw, Peter 8, 140, 142, 143, 147, 174, 175
Espoy, Angel 134
Etnier, Stephen 122

Fournier, Alexis Jean 4

Gasser, Henry Martin 131, 132
Geiger, Philip 168, 169
Grant, Frederick Milton 46
Gray, Percy 43
Grelle, Martin 113
Grimm, Paul 37, 57, 133, 141
Grosser, Maurice 102

Harris, Sam Hyde 35, 36
Hemmerdinger, William 148
Hills, Anna A. 118
Holden, Harold T. 79

Johnson, Frank Tenney 79A, 128A

Krimmel, John Lewis (Ludwig) 91

Landacre, Paul 10, 11
Lauritz, Paul 123
Lawson, Mehl 111, 112, 161
Laycox, Jack 150
Leighton, Kathryn Woodman 68
Lemm, Adele 146

Marchand, John N. 77
Max, Peter 170
McGlynn, Thomas 41
Miller, Charles Henry 93
Mitchell, Alfred R. 27
Moessel, Julius 82, 83, 84
Mora, Joseph Jacinto 78
Motherwell, Robert 179
Mottola, Filastro (Fil) Matthew 9

Navarro, Chris J. 160
Nieto, John 152, 153

Owen, Bill 109, 158

Parshall, DeWitt 94
Paxton, William Arthur 115
Payne, Edgar Alwin 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 56
Peters, Charles Rollo 42
Potteroff, Gary 167
Powell Burns, Pauline 89, 90
Pummill, Robert 144
Pushman, Hovsep 99, 100, 101, 126, 127, 128
Puthuff, Hanson Duvall 5
Putnam, Arthur 72

Rackus, Richard 40
Resika, Paul 171, 172, 176, 177, 178
Reynolds, James Elwood 108
Rogers, Charles A. 28
Rose, Guy 50
Ruscha, Edward 180
Russell, Charles Marion 71, 80, 81
Ryan, Tom 163
Ryder, Attributed to Albert Pinkham 95, 96

Sandona, Matteo 86
Sauerwein, Frank 60, 61
Schafer, Frederick F. 58, 59, 64
Sharp, Joseph Henry 18, 19, 62, 63
Shufelt, Robert 'Shoofly'' 162
Siemer, Christian 120
Smith, John Christopher 65
Soyer, Moses 136
Soyer, Raphael 135
Stuber, Dedrick Brandes 51
Stuckenberg, Jim 159
Swanson, Jack N. 110

Thomas, D. Michael 166

Vignari, John 145

Wachtel, Elmer 6
Wachtel, Marion Kavanagh 34
Warner, Nell Walker 87
Wendt, William 53, 30
White, Edith 88
White, Orrin A. 32, 103, 104, 105
Wood, Robert W. 173
Woodward, Laura 97

Ziskin, Sol 129
Zornes, Milford 119, 151

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