Expressionist watercolor by Harvey Leepa, signed by the artist.
Born in Latvia in 1887, he studied in Paris, Russia and Spain. He moves to the United States in 1919, maintains a studio and art gallery in New York, teaches at Columbia University. He will operate several art galleries in Paris, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, California.
In 1942 Leepa settles in Santa Barbara County community of Summerland, where he embarks on a long period of developing Fluxism paintings.
'Fluxism', the style had originated when Leepa, painting a watercolor, "mistook a glass of vodka for water, a natural mistake for vodka means 'little water'. It was this fortunate error that made my water colors images of dislodged and ambiguous worlds. Vestiges of realism crash in and out of my abstractions."
These watercolors were first brought to wide public notice with exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, and the Palm Springs Desert Museum in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He will die in 1977.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LU825813250791
PERIOD: Mid-20th Century
CONDITION: Good, New frame.
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 21" Width: 27" Depth: 1.5"
MATERIAL: Wood, Paper
CREATOR: Harvey Leepa
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States