William John Eckert (California/Colorado, 1898-1973) oil on canvas painting depicting figures in a modern subdivision of houses, possibly in the San Francisco or Oakland, California, area. Structure are laid out in grid blocks among green hills and a field, with a body of water, a bridge, and mountains visible in the background below a blue sky. Signed "W.J. Eckert" lower left. Housed in a giltwood frame with decorative carved corners. Sight – 19 5/8" H x 23 1/2" W. Framed – 29 1/4" H x 33" W. American, mid 20th century. Provenance: Estate of Carl Klein, Brentwood, TN. Biography: William John Eckert was born in Colorado in 1898 and active in California by 1924. He had an art studio in Denver, Colorado in 1930. In 1939, while in California, he assisted Millard Sheets in painting a 20'x25' mural for the Golden Gate International Exposition. By 1940 he had moved to Oakland and was teaching art. He died in Los Altos, CA in 1973. Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940". CONDITION: Overall good condition with visible stretcher marker. Frame with areas of loss, largest 14", to gilt paint.
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