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Stand of Eucalyptus Trees

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed by the artist lower left.
Origin United States, California
Period 1920-1949
Materials Watercolor
W. 14 in; H. 10 in;
W. 35.56 cm; H. 25.4 cm;
Condition Good.
Description Percy Gray is considered one of California’s most important historical artists and more specifically, one of the state’s signature watercolorists.

Born in San Francisco in 1869 to a family with an artistic heritage, Gray eventually enrolled at the California School of Design in San Francisco at the age of sixteen. After working as an illustrator for newspapers in San Francisco and New York City, by 1906 he was back in the Bay Area and began his full-time career as a landscape painter.

Throughout his career his style was reminiscent of the Barbizon School artists and is often described as “tonal”: grays, browns, and greens were usually his palette of choice. His paintings of clouds and moody skies above the trees made for a romantic, poetic expression. Creating visual poetry, large eucalyptus and oak trees are abundant in his watercolors, as well as cypress trees when his studio was located in Monterey; all very characteristic of the California landscape where he lived and traveled.

Today, Percy Gray is unquestionably considered one of the most successful and well-known landscape painters to have worked in California during the early 20th Century. His work has been exhibited at many public institutions including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Oakland Museum, Santa Barbara Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and the Monterey Museum of Art.
Styles / Movements Barbizon/Tonalism, California School, Impressionism
Dealer Reference Number 8492
Incollect Reference Number 344426
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