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Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air

Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air
Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air

Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air

This is an impressive 10.75" X 15.50" (15.25" X 20.00" including the frame which is 2.25 wide) painting of a lakeshore in the mountains, with what appear to be some homes along the shore in the right lower area. I bought this painting from a good friend who is a private art dealer quite a few years ago and think it is essentially fresh to market. It is signed "C Buff" lower left. Please feel free to ask any questions. Buff's personal story is unique making his way from a prosaic background (working in a bakery in Switzerland at the turn of the last century) to the forefront or even the avant garde of California landscape painters in the 20th century.

Buff is one of a relatively small number of California Impressionist or Plein Air artists who can properly be called a visionary, his works are instantly recognizable and often quite striking. I avoid any kind or editing (except to crop out background or to straighten the piece), especially any kind or enhancement, as I hope to have the painting speak for itself. It is a bit of a cliché (but true as most clichés are) that pretty much all of the paintings in the store look better in person.

In the case of this painting I noticed that the photos taken in direct sun tend to have a bit of glare or reflection of sunlight off the varnish, while the ones taken at the same time in indirect sunlight do not have the glare but make the painting look a bit oxidized. When you hang this painting on the wall the visual effect is in between, it does not look that oxidized nor is there any glare or reflection. As is the painting is very bright and there are no condition issues to report. Will be charged actual cost. Feel free to ask any questions.

Born in Speicher, Switzerland, the son of an Alpine farmer, Conrad Buff, by the age of forty, had an established reputation as an artist, primarily realistic paintings that expressed his love of the American Southwest. He was apprenticed at age 14 to an uncle, a baker, and confectioner, and baking became a hobby with him for the rest of his life. He also learned the trade of lace designing and making, which ultimately influenced his pointellist painting style, and which was then a major trade in Switzerland.

But he felt constrained with having to copy patterns, and in the early 1900s went to Munich, where he lived the heady life of a young man. He was briefly on a Wisconsin ranch, working as a sheep herder and then for ten years roamed the West doing odd jobs such as cooking in cafes, bartending, and driving mules on a railroad construction gang. He relieved the monotony by painting in his spare time.

He also explored lithography and silk screen painting and drew directly on stone or zinc plates. With his wife, Mary Marsh, he wrote and illustrated two books. In 1906, he moved to Los Angeles, and from 1907, painted in Arizona. Maynard Dixon was a frequent sketching companion. Buff did a number of large scale murals for banks, schools, and libraries, and with well-known California artist, Edgar Payne, painted a 1000-foot mural for a Chicago hotel.

Conrad Buff died in Laguna Hills, California on March 11, 1975. Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".

The seller is "buy-sell-hold" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Painting Surface: Masonite
  • Features: Framed, Signed
  • Region of Origin: US
  • Width (Inches): 15.50
  • Production Technique: Oil Painting
  • Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
  • Subject: Landscape
  • Size: Medium (up to 36in.)
  • Material: Oil
  • Height (Inches): 10.75
  • Time Period Produced: 1960-1969
  • Date of Creation: 1970-1989
  • Artist: Conrad Buff
  • Style: Impressionism
  • Color: Multi-Color
  • Original/Licensed Reproduction: Original
  • Unit of Sale: Single-Piece Work
  • Type: Painting


Conrad Buff 1886-1975 Mountain Lakefront California Plein Air