Leo Blake (American, 1887-1976) watercolor on paper painting of a village on a winter day, with figures on a snowy street and a white church in the background. Signed "Leo B. Blake" lower right. Gilt carved frame with white mat. Sight – 8" H x 12" W . Framed – 14" H x 17" W. Provenance: the estate of Earl and Annette Bruhn, who were close friends of the late artist. Two oil paintings and an archive of this artist from the same estate are also being sold in this auction. Artist biography: Leo B. Blake studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1908-1912, and began his career in illustration and commercial art. In 1933, he relocated to New England and set up a studio in the Berkshires, where he focused on painting landscapes and taught classes, including at Williams College (1937-1941) and the Berkshire Museum (1943-1953). Blake was a member of numerous organizations including the Pittsfield Art League (where he served as president), the North Shore Arts Association, the Illinois Academy of Fine Arts, and the American Artists Professional League. He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Salmagundi Club, and the Berkshire Museum. CONDITION: Full crease across lower edge, some light toning to paper. Overall good condition.
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