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Millard Owen Sheets Original Vintage Antique WPA California Regionalist American Oil Painting
Millard Owen Sheets Original Vintage Antique WPA California Regionalist American Oil Painting
Millard Owen Sheets Original Vintage Antique WPA California Regionalist American Oil Painting
Millard Owen Sheets Original Vintage Antique WPA California Regionalist American Oil Painting
Millard Owen Sheets Original Vintage Antique WPA California Regionalist American Oil Painting
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Millard Owen Sheets Original Vintage Antique WPA California Regionalist American Oil Painting

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Millard Owen Sheets (June 24, 1907 – March 31, 1989); was an American painter and a representative of the regionalist California School of Painting. Later in his career, he was a teacher an educational director, and architect of more than 50 branch banks in Southern California.

Millard Sheets was a native California artist who grew up in the Pomona Valley near Los Angeles. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute and studied with F. Tolles Chamberlin and Clarence Hinkle. While still a teenager, his watercolors were accepted for exhibition in the annual California Water Color Society shows and by nineteen years of age, he was elected into membership. At twenty, even before he graduated from Chouinard, he was hired to teach watercolor painting, while completing other aspects of his art education.

By the early 1930s, he was well on his way to national recognition as a prominent American artist. He was exhibiting works in Paris, New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Ventura and many other cities throughout the United States. At home in Los Angeles, he was recognized as the leading figure and driving force behind the California Style watercolor movement.

Between 1935 and 1941, the recognition, awards, and his output of high quality art increased. He was mentioned in numerous issues of Art Digest, had a color reproduction in the book Eyes on America, and in 1935 at age twenty eight, he was the subject of a book published in Los Angeles. Sales of art enabled him to travel to Europe, Central America and Hawaii, where he painted on location.

During World War II, he was an artist-correspondent for Life Magazine and the United States Army Air Forces in India and Burma. Many of his works from this period document the scenes of famine, war and death that he witnessed. This experience also affected his post war art for a number of years. Many of his works from the 1940s, painted in California and Mexico, reflect these mood shifts, especially when he used dark tonal values and depressing subject matter. After the 1950s, his style changed again, this time featuring brighter colors and often depicting subjects from his travels around the world.

Watercolor and oil painting was only part of Sheets' art career. Through his teaching at Chouinard Art Institute, Otis Art Institute, Scripps College and other institutions, hundreds of artists were taught how to paint, and then guided into an art career. He was director of the art exhibition at the Los Angeles County Fair for many years and brought world class art to Southern California. During the Great Depression, he worked with Edward Bruce to hire artists for the Public Works of Art Project, the first New Deal art project during the Great Depression. In 1946, he served as a president of the California Water Color Society. In later years he worked as an architect, illustrator, muralist, printmaker and juried art exhibitions.

Extraordinary example by Millard Sheets. Nude is done exquisitely; perfectly in the WPA style the artist was predominately known for. The painting is estimated to have been created in approximately 1945 and remains in the original Newcomb Macklin vintage frame. The palette includes gorgeous purple, orange, red, and blue contrasting colors. Even though Sheets was known to have painted many nudes, they are very rare to the market; and mainly exist in private collections. 

Millard Owen Sheets
(June 24, 1907 – March 31, 1989)
Oil on Canvas Board
Nude, Portrait
Approximately 1945
Measurements of painting, alone are approximately 13"X14.5". With frame, in entirety, painting measures approximately 16" X 17.5"
Signature is very light, and small, in the lower left corner; as shown. Due to the lightness in appearance of the signature, painting is listed as an attribution to Millard Owen Sheets.
Painting and frame are in very good original condition. No condition issues
No overpaints, no restoration
All Original
Still seated and sealed in original vintage Newcomb Macklin vintage frame, with most of gallery paper seal still present, and Chicago framer label on reverse

 

 

 

 

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