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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: Lauritz was born in Norway and was primarily self taught. He moved to Alaska in 1912 to search (unsuccessfully) for gold, and eventually made his way to California, where he opened a studio. He taught at the Chouinard School of Art and the Otis Art Institute. He served as president of the California Art Club for two years and was a member of the Painters and Sculptors Club, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Commission, the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Royal Society of Art in England, and the Salmagundi Club in New York. (Source: AskArt). 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.