Pair of marine paintings attributed to Joe Duncan Gleason (1881-1959), depicting ships at sunset, one in choppy seas, the other in calm waters. 1st painting (choppy waters): oil on canvas, signed Gleason on stretcher, 9" x 12-1/2" sight, 12" x 15" in giltwood frame with rope style molding. 2nd painting (still waters): oil on board, unsigned, 9-1/2" x 13-1/2" sight, 13-1/4" x 17" in giltwood molded frame. Biography (courtesy Askart/The Artists' Bluebook): California native Joe Gleason was known for his landscape and marine paintings of San Pedro Harbor on the California coast. His career began when he was only 14 years old, working for the Union Engraving Company. He studied at the University of Southern California with Lees Judson and at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art in San Francisco before heading East to study at the Art Institute of Chicago and, from 1900-1901, with Frank DuMond at the Art Students League in New York City. Although a successful landscape painter and commercial artist (working in the scenic art department of MGM and Warner Brothers Studios), Gleason was particularly passionate about all things nautical, and wrote and illustrated several books on California Maritime History. Condition: Both paintings exhibit craquelure and light grime. 1st painting also has small areas of scratching/loss in the upper right quadrant (1/4") and lower right quadrant (1/2"). 2nd painting has some light abrasions at edges and corners. Not examined out of frame.
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