William Wendt (1865-1946 Laguna Beach, CA)

oil on canvas
18'' H x 24'' W

  • Provenance: Fred Blanchard, Hollywood, CA; with George Stern Fine Art, West Hollywood, CA; Private Collection, Boulder, CO, acquired from the above, 2004
  • Literature: W. South et al, ''In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt'', Irvine, CA, 2008, p. 245, illustrated
  • Notes: Fred Blanchard was a highly successful Los Angeles entrepreneur and a pillar of the city's cultural life as the owner of a music store and founder of the Blanchard Music and Art Building, which contained studio space, a recital hall, and an art gallery. He commissioned William Wendt to paint the present work, a view from his property overlooking the Cahuenga Pass. Wendt painted in the Cahuenga Pass on at least two occasions in the first half of 1912. According to Janet Blake's ''A Chronology of the Life of William Wendt'', the 'Pasadena Daily News' reported on January 27, 1912 that the artist was painting in the Cahuenga Pass and later that year, ''Antony Anderson reports on Wendt's summer activities, noting that he spent early summer in Cahuenga Pass'' (W. South et al, ''In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Went'', Irvine, CA, 2008, p. 244)
  • Condition: Visual: Stable craquelure in lower left and lower center. New keys. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.

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