Thursday, July 28, 2005

SP Artwork by Maurice Logan

In the 1920s, SP commissioned the then well-known Bay Area landscape artist Maurice Logan, one of the "Society of Six" or "Oakland Six" impressionistic landscape colorists, to produce paintings that served as illustrations for passenger brochures and ephemera of all kinds. He produced a great many very good works (Mt. Shasta, Crater Lake, many views of California, SPGG Ferries on SF Bay and so forth) ...

Does anyone have any idea whether the originals of this work still exist, and if they do, where any of them might be located? ...

—Tom Matoff

[from the R&LHS Newsgroup]

California Big Trees, Maurice Logan, 1933

California Big Trees, Maurice Logan, 1933
Courtesy of Tom Matoff.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know yours is an old post, but I know of an original Maurice Logan painting going to auction the first week of December 2006 at Illustration House. The painting was painted when Logan worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and was given to the family now selling the painting.

11/21/2006 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have in my possession an original Maurice Logan painting that I have had for several years. It is titled 'California Big Trees' and it is in the original frame with a brass plate with the title and 'Southern Pacific Railroad' printed on it. It pictures a model "T" Ford driving thru the Redwoods with the sunlight coming through the trees. It was not done on canvas and actually looks like it was perhaps painted over an already existing painting on fiber board.

If you have any information regarding this particular painting, please let me know. Thank You!

9/06/2007 4:13 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Matoff, Tom"

It sounds like you have a very interesting painting. You are obviously familiar with Maurice Logan and the Oakland Six. As you know, Logan did commercial work of a very high standard for the Southern Pacific in the 1920s. The only "Big Trees" themed Logan piece I knew of before reading your message is the [above], supposedly from 1933, currently available in reprint. (You may be familiar with it). Perhaps your painting was a study of some kind before Logan settled on the equestrian theme.

—Tom Matoff

9/07/2007 12:46 PM  

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