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Harry Wagoner

 (1889 - 1950)
Harry B. Wagoner was active/lived in California, Illinois, Arizona, Indiana.  Harry Wagoner is known for desert landscape painting, sculpture.

Harry Wagoner

Biography from the Archives of askART

A resident primarily of Chicago, Harry Wagoner earned a distinguished reputation as a painter of California and Arizona desert landscapes.

He was born in Rochester, Indiana, studied art with Homer Pollock and then had further study in Paris, Italy, and Chicago.  In 1918, he was in El Paso, Texas for a year operating an art gallery representing artists of Santa Fe, Taos and El Paso.  The next year he moved to Altadena, California, and remained there until 1934, after which he moved several times including to Palm Springs, Laguna Beach, Chicago and Phoenix where he died on April 9, 1950.

He had traveled to Arizona by 1930, and was sketching desert and mountain landscapes.  Titles of some of those paintings include And the Desert Shall Blossom, and The Apache Stronghold.

He was a member of the Hoosier Salon, the Pasadena Society of Painters, and the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Engravers. 

Peggy and Harold Samuels, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists

Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Rochester, Indiana on November 5, 1889, Harry Wagoner studied art with Homer Pollock and in Paris. Returning from Europe, he settled in Chicago. During the late 1920s he began spending winters in southern California as a resident of Beaumont, Palm Springs, and Altadena.

Wagoner lived in Phoenix for several years before his death there on April 9, 1950. He is well known for his desert landscapes of California and Arizona.

Hoosier Salon; Pasadena Society of Artists.

Pasadena Art Institute, 1925
Friday Morning Club (LA), 1925
Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1926-28
El Mirador Hotel (Palm Springs), 1929
Burford Gallery (Laguna Beach), 1931;
El Paso Woman's Club, 1935.

Cooper Union (NYC).

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); American Art Annual 1931-33; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Artists of the American West (Samuels); Los Angeles Times, 12-16-1929; NY Times, 4-11-1950 (obituary).

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About  Harry Wagoner

Born:  1889 - Rochester, Indiana
Died:   1950 - Phoenix, Arizona
Known for:  desert landscape painting, sculpture