Hardie Gramatky (American, 1907 – 1979) impressionist watercolor landscape depicting a figures standing by an iron fence in front of a large home. Signed lower right. Sight – 9 1/2" H x 7 1/4" W. Framed – 15 1/2" H x 13 1/2" W. 20th century. Biography (courtesy AskArt: The Artists' Bluebook) : Born in Dallas, Texas, Hardie Gramatky became an illustrator of national reputation, especially known for his Little Toot children's books for G.P. Putnam's Sons. He was also a painter, especially known for his watercolors, and did American Scene paintings of cityscapes, landcapes, seashores, and construction workers. He grew up in Southern California and began his artistic career in 1926 while a student at Stanford University and then continued to study at Chouinard Art Institute. He became a member of the California Water Color Society, and was a key artist in the development of the California Style, which brought new respectability to watercolor painting on location. From 1930 to 1936, he worked as an animator for Walt Disney Studios and then moved East to do magazine and childrens' s book illustration. During World War II, he returned to Los Angeles, and in 1946 worked on the cartoon G I Joe. From 1947 until his death, he worked as an illustrator in Connecticut. Condition: Overall very good condition. Condition: Overall very good condition.
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