I received two great paintings in the mail today.
I had coveted this particular painting for over a year.
I am happy to be now working with his estate.
Puthuff was known for his bold and confident brushwork and superb rendering skills.
Born in Waverly, Missouri, he initially went to school at the Art institute of Chicago in 1899. After four years of study, the young artist moved to learn at the University of Denver in 1893 before continuing his studies at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
Puthuff eventually immigrated to Los Angeles in 1903 where he became venerated for his paintings of the rolling Southern California hillsides and other views of the southwest. He won a very important commission from the Santa Fe railroad for a series of views of the Grand Canyon.
He won many awards including a Diploma from the Alaska-Yukon Exposition in 1892 and Silver Medals at the Panama-California Exposition in 1915. He was a member of numerous clubs, including the California Art Club (which he helped found), the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Los Angeles Watercolor Society, the Pasadena Society of Artists, the Salmagundi Club of New York, the San Francisco Art Association, and the Southern States Art League.
I received this canvas about six weeks ago. It had been found forgotten in a basement in Colorado. It is a beautiful seated full profile of a woman holding a flower. Impressionistic, not overworked in the least.
The canvas was billowing and dirty but honestly the piece was in remarkable shape.
I sent it to my restorer and had it cleaned, stretched and keyed but there is little if any restoration on the image itself.
You left out Puthuff's dioramas at the Museum of Natural History at Exposition Park
next to the Colisseum. Neanderthals cooking pots of mastodon innards wouldn't be the same without 'em.
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