A beautiful California plein air painting of a desert smoke tree near palm springs c.1940. Oil on masonite board by the highly acclaimed artist Frank Montague Moore. Signed lower right and titled on reverse and signed. Measuring aprox. 24x34 inches in the original arts and crafts era frame overall size inches 29x39 inches. The condition is excellent the frame has a few touch ups but presents beautifully. A fine investment quality painting a F.M. Moore recently sold for $9300 at butterfields.
Biography Edan Hughes Artist in California
Frank Montague Moore (1877-1967) was born in Taunton, England on November 24, 1877. He studied at the Liverpool Art School and Royal Institute. In 1903 he immigrated to America and had further study with Henry Ward Ranger. By 1910 he was an established artist in New York City and in that year moved to Hawaii where he was purchasing agent for Hawaii Plantations and later served as director of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. In 1928 he sailed for California and worked briefly in Pasadena and San Francisco before settling in Carmel. He specialized in poetic depictions of the coast and scenic spots on the Monterey Peninsula. His best known work is the Picture Bridge, a series of 41 murals in the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Moore died in Carmel on March 5, 1967. Member: Salmagundi Club; New York Watercolor Club; American Federation of Artists; Pasadena Society of Artists; California Watercolor Society; Society for Sanity in Art; Carmel Art Ass'n. Exhibited: Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; St Louis Museum; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Santa Cruz, 1944; Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1944 first prize and Logan medal); Carmel Art Ass'n, 1945, 1946; National Academy of Design. Works held: Orange County (CA) Museum; United States Marine Corps Headquarters (San Francisco); Auckland (New Zealand) Museum; Honolulu Academy of Art.