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Dana Bartlett

 (1882 - 1957)
Dana Bartlett was active/lived in California, New York, Michigan.  Dana Bartlett is known for sea-landscape painting, illustration, etching.

Dana Bartlett

Biography from the Archives of askART

Dana Bartlett is known for his landscapes and plein-air views of California and the Southwest. In 1922, he served as President of the California Art Club, and he was founder and the first president of the California Watercolor Society.

Born in Ionia, Michigan in 1882, Bartlett moved to New York City to study at the Art Students' League. There he studied under William Merritt Chase and Charles Warren Eaton.

For a short time Bartlett had a studio in Boston before moving to Portland, Oregon, where he worked as a commercial artist for the Foster-Kleiser Company. He then relocated to California, and briefly had a studio in San Francisco before finally settling in Los Angeles in 1915. In 1921 he had the opportunity to show his work with a select group of fourteen artists at the first California Watercolor Society exhibition, and later become president of that Society. He held a solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1927, and soon after opened his own gallery featuring work of local artists as well as his own.

He was an accomplished watercolorist whose decorative style embodies the California 'Eucalyptus School', however he painted many nocturnes, landscapes, and scenes from his travels in Europe. He contributed greatly to his local art community and taught at he Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles during his career. His works are held in many museums, including the Laguna Beach Museum of Art, and the Huntington Library, San Marino.

Dana Bartlett died on July 3, 1957 in Los Angeles, California

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"

Biography from The Redfern Gallery
Landscape painter, etcher. Born in Iona, MI on Nov. 19, 1882. After studying at the Art Students League in NYC under William M. Chase and Charles Warren Eaton, Bartlett had a studio for a few years in Boston. He then moved to Portland, OR where he worked as a commercial artist for the Foster-Kleiser Company. About 1915 he briefly had a studio in San Francisco before making his final move to Los Angeles. He furthered his art training with Coussens in Paris (1924) and held a successful solo show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1927. The following year he opened an art gallery in Los Angeles where he exhibited not only his paintings but those of other local artists.

His decorative style exemplifies the "Eucalyptus School;" however, he also painted many nocturnes and scenes from his travels in Europe. Bartlett was an active member of the Southern California art community for over 40 years and a teacher at Chouinard School of Art.

He died in Los Angeles on July 3, 1957.
Member :
California Art Club ( president, 1922); Decorative Arts Society; Western Academy; California Watercolor Society (founder, president); Laguna Beach Art Association; California Printmakers Society; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles.

Exhibited :
Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1927; Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, 1952 (medal), 1955 (medal); Salons of America.

Works held : Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Laguna Beach Museum of Art; Sacramento State Library; Southwest Museum; Huntington College, San Marino; Los Angeles Public Library, Lafayette Park Branch; Boston Public Library, Print Department; Hollywood High School; George Washington High School.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Santa Monica
Dana Bartlett is best known for his Southern California landscapes, and for his work promoting his craft and his contemporaries.   Bartlett studied at New York's Art Students League with William Merritt Chase before moving west and ultimately settling in the Los Angeles area.

Bartlett was a President of the California Watercolor society, and further contributed to the Southern California art scene as a teacher at the Chouinard Art Institute. He is remembered for his landscapes, which typify what's come to be known as the "Eucalyptus School" of California paintings.

Biography from Fleischer Museum
Dana Bartlett studied at the Art Students League in New York under William M. Chase and with Charles Warren Eaton. The first decade of his career was spent as a designer and commercial artist--first in Portland, Oregon for Foster and Kleiser and then in San Francisco. From the latter city he moved to Los Angeles in 1915 intending to become a landscape painter. His first exhibit in 1916 included oil paintings, watercolors and pastels as well as black and white monotypes, which he heightened with a slight tint of watercolor.

Antony Anderson, then art critic for the Los Angeles Times, found his nocturnal landscapes (for Bartlett was intrigued by the moods of nature) among his best works. Until 1930 Bartlett was a frequent exhibitor with the California Art Club and the Painters and Sculptors exhibitions. His decorative Southern California landscapes, complete with eucalyptus trees and purple mountains painted in pale pastels are almost the epitome of "Eucalyptus School" paintings.

In 1924 he traveled to Europe with the intention of making a special study of how Titian, Turner and Monticelli applied their color. Upon his return he experimented with the use of Venetian tempera as an underpainting. What resulted were a number of imaginative landscapes and still lifes painted in a high decorative fashion with brilliant, jewel-like transparent glowing colors, which are unique product in Southern California.

In 1920 and 1927, Bartlett organized circulating exhibitions of his own works and in 1928 he opened an art gallery for sketches and small paintings and also taught at the Chouinard School of Art. Although he is listed in the 1940-41 volume of Who's Who in American Art, little record is left of his art activities after 1930 other than he was a member of the Laguna Beach Art Association until 1936.

Moure & Smith, PSCA #3 Los Angeles Times, July 9, 1916, 3-2-2.
Who's Who in American Art, 1936-37, 1940-411
Westphal, Ruth, Plein Air Painters of California, The Southland. Westphal Publishing, Irvine, California 1982.2
Hughes, Edan Milton, Artists in California 1786-1940
Hughes Publishing Company3
Southern California Artists 1890-1940, Laguna Beach Museum of Art Book

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About  Dana Bartlett

Born:  1882 - Iona, Michigan
Died:   1957 - Los Angeles, California
Known for:  sea-landscape painting, illustration, etching

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