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 George Henry Melcher  (1881 - 1957)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, coastal views

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George Henry Melcher
from Auction House Records.
Sunset Over Topango Canyon
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Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
George Henry Melcher was born in Germantown, PA on Nov. 16, 1881, the son of a sculptor. Meicher began drawing at an early age and at 12 began studying painting under a private teacher. At 15 he was selling cartoons to the New York Journal and New York World. After graduation from Germantown High School, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Chase, Anshutz, and Breckenridge, and at the Rose Valley School near Philadelphia. Due to ill health, he sought a milder climate, and in 1905 he moved to Los Angeles where he established a studio in the cupola of the Methodist Church.

In 1907 he homesteaded 120 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains where he painted many canvases of the Topanga Canyon area. During the 1930s he was employed by the Federal Art Project. Melcher died in Santa Monica, CA on Dec. 24, 1957. A master of color, composition and technique, he captured on canvas the beauty of southern California and the timelessness of nature. Although somewhat rare, his paintings are highly esteemed by veteran collectors of early California art.

Exh: Philadelphia Memorial Hall, 1897 (gold medal); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1898 (prize); Minnesota State Fair; Lewis & Clark Expo (Portland), 1905 (medal); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1915; Calif.-Pacific Intl Expo (San Diego), 1915; Kanst Gallery (LA), 1915.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
LA Examiner, 9-3-1905; Graphic, 4-10-1915; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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