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 Nat Levy  (1896 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape and coastal painting, illustration

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Nat Levy
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Barn & Coral In Landscape - Early Autumn
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Biography from California Watercolor:
Nat Levy (1896-1984) Born: San Francisco, CA; Studied: Mark Hopkins Institute of Art (San Francisco), California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco); Member: Society of Western Artists. Nat Levy was born and raised in San Francisco and after attending high school, studied art with Maynard Dixon, Harold Von Schmidt, Armin Hansen and Frank Van Sloan. By the 1920s, he was an expert watercolor artist and exhibited his works professionally from that time on.

His paintings were included in the thirteen watercolorists exhibitions. In addition to being one of the original members of that group, he was an early member of the Society of Western Artists and was the Society’s president in 1955. Throughout the years he taught watercolor painting and produced illustrations, poster designs and prints. He also traveled and painted in New England, Europe and the Far East.

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Interview with Nat Levy, 1982

Biography courtasy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,
©2002 Hillcrest Press, Inc.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
A painter and etcher, Nat Levy was born in San Francisco, CA on Oct. 21, 1896.  After service in the Navy, Levy became an aide to Milton Marks, Sr. in the California Assembly in 1917.  Upon graduation from the California School of Fine Arts, he opened a studio and began his career as a poster designer and freelance artist.

In his leisure he etched and painted seascapes and scenes of the Mendocino coast.  He later worked as a graphic artist for Foster & Kleiser (billboards) and taught for many years at UC Extension in San Francisco.

The Chronicle art critic Alfred Frankenstein wrote, "Nat Levy's atmospheric renditions are so beautiful they seem as though they were painted with fog on his brush." Levy was one of 25 American painters chosen to exhibit at the Royal Gallery in London in 1977.  He often served as a judge at the state fairs in Sacramento and painted steadily for 70 years.

A lifelong resident of his native city, he died on Sept. 25, 1984.

California Society of Etchers; SWA (pres.); Calif. WC Society (pres.); Mann Society of Artists.

CSFA, 1916; Calif. State Fairs; GGIE, 1939; many solos at De Young Museum, CPLH, Gump's. lnvw; SF Chronicle, 9-27-1984 (obit).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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