Leonard Edmondson

1918-2002, American

"Woman with Coffee and Biscuit," 1946

Oil on Masonite
Signed and dated lower right: Edmonson; titled by repute
19" H x 15" W

  • Notes: California native Leonard Edmondson was a renowned painter and printmaker born in Sacramento in 1916. Edmondson, who spent his early years in Northern California, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with an M.A. in fine art in 1942. After completing his studies, he joined the U.S. Army and worked for Military Intelligence from 1942 to 1946. During that time, Edmondson traveled to Europe and visited the Louvre, where he saw works by artists such as Paul Klee, which proved to be a valuable source of inspiration.

    "Woman with Coffee and Biscuit" (1946) is one of the final naturalistic figural works Edmondson created before taking a turn towards abstract painting and printmaking in 1950. Soon after, Edmondson began showing solo exhibitions of his work in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Santa Barbara. Leonard Edmondson continued to work and teach in Los Angeles until he died in 2002.
  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Two scratches at the upper left, one 3" long and the other 1.5" long, as well as a 1" scratch lower center, all with attendant minor paint loss. A few small flecks of paint loss scattered throughout. Fine craquelure in the light green element left of center. Minor surface dirt and grime.

    Blacklight: No evidence of restoration.

    Frame: 25.5" H x 21.5" W x 1.5" D

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