Milford Zornes (American, 1908-2008), watercolor and ink on paper mounted on a larger sheet, 1943. A cloaked figure standing or walking toward the left, delineated in watercolor and ink by Milford Zornes, signed and dated by the artist in pencil on the lower right, entitled "India WWII" on the sheet as well as the Anderson Art Gallery certificate of authenticity. Zornes was an American artist who is widely revered as a leader of the California Style watercolor movement that began in the 1920s. Zornes' style departed from the traditional use of watercolors. Rather than adding color to detailed pencil drawings, Zornes applied transparent washes of color to large sheets of paper and allowed the white to show through using this white space to define shapes as demonstrated in this example. This piece also reveals Zornes' love of line with ink-rendered outlines. Size: 5" W x 7.5" H (12.7 cm x 19 cm)
Zornes was educated at the Otis Art Institute where he studied with Millard Sheets and F. Tolles Chamberlin. He later taught at Otis as well, making a name for himself as a talented educator. Highlights of his career include a one-man exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and having one of his watercolors selected by President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt to hang in the White House. In addition to being a prolific watercolorist, Zornes created murals under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program for post offices in El Campo, Texas as well as his hometown of Claremont, California during the era of the Great Depression. Zornes was also an active member of the California Water Color Society, becoming president of that organization in 1942. Zorne's works have been acquired by esteemed institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the White House, and the Library of Congress Collection.
Follow this link to watch a wonderful video of Milford Zornes in his home studio in 2006 - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehte4qAxK_c)
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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