Francis VanVreeland


Francis VanVreeland


Mother and Children

21 x 24 inches

Signed Lower Right

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Known as a watercolorist, Francis Vreeland worked in Hollywood from the 1920s. In the early 1900s, he worked at Rockwood Pottery Company and while employed there studied at the Cincinnati art Academy. Then he continued his studies in Paris at the Academie Julian and the Art Students League in New York with George Bridgman.

He was born in Seward, Nebraska, and after completing his formal education, stayed in New York as art director of the Aeolean Company and associate editor of "American Printer." In the mid 1920s, he moved to Hollywood, California, and was active in that area as a decorator, painter, lecturer, and writer until his death in 1954.

He was a member of the California Art Club, the Artist Council of Los Angeles, the Mural Painters, the New York Architectural League, the Artists Council of Los Angeles, and the Artists Ceramic Society of Southern California. In 1911, he exhibited his work at the Paris Salon.

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