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Paul Lauritz (California, 1889-1975) oil on canvas landscape painting depicting a wide creek flowing through a pastoral setting. Signed lower right. Housed in a gilt wood frame. Sight – 23 1/2" H x 33"W. Framed – 31" H x 41" W. Provenance: Property of a private Alabama collection. Biography (courtesy AskArt: The Artists' Bluebook/William A. Karges Fine Art – Santa Monica): "Paul Lauritz was born in a small art colony in Larvik, Norway. Exposed to art almost from birth, Lauritz was well skilled when he emigrated to Canada in 1905. Working his way West as an illustrator, Lauritz settled in Portland before moving to Alaska during the Gold Rush. Failing as a miner, Lauritz met the well established Alaskan artist, Sydney Laurence. In 1919, Lauritz made his final move to Los Angeles, where he taught at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes. Lauritz's oeuvre includes deserts, portraits, landscapes and coastals". CONDITION: Craquelure, surface of canvas. Two areas of abrasions with punctures to canvas, 1" x 1 1/2" and 1/2" x 1", slight center left near tree trunk. No inpainting or alterations detected under black light.