John Haley (1905-1991)
"Old Fort Lowell Ruin" Tucson, 1942, Watercolor. Edition: Unique. Signed and titled in pencil, lower right front corner, John Haley, and Old Fort Lowell; titled and dated on the reverse upper left corner, Old Fort Lowell Ruin - 42.
Dimensions of paper: 13 7/8 x 20 inches (352 x 570 mm). Not framed.
References: McClelland and Last 1985:74; Ghent 1993; Nash 1995.
Inventory ID: 1211
Excellent condition. Painted full sheet on heavy rag watercolor paper. A beautiful use of color in interpreting this well-known Tucson landmark. This piece was obviously painted on one of John Haley's many Southwestern visits. McClelland and Last (1985) comment:
"John Charles Haley studied art during the late 1920's with Cameron Booth in Minneapolis
and Hans Hofmann in Munich and Capri. He returned to teach in Minnesota for several
years and then moved to Northern California where he became an art professor at the
University of California, Berkeley. During the 1930's and 1940's he was a key artist in the development of the Berkeley
School style of watercolor painting. His works show local views of the East Bay area as
well as scenes from Southwestern towns he visited while on camping trips. Haley often
used opaque watercolors and achieved unusual colors by making his own paints from
minerals he gathered."