A watercolor of vibrant abstract flowers by Harvey Leepa, signed by the artist.
Born in Latvia in 1887, he studied in Paris, Russia and Spain. He moved to the United States in 1919, maintaining a studio/art gallery in New York and teaching at Columbia University. He operated several art galleries in Paris, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, California.
In 1942, Leepa settled in the Santa Barbara County community of Summerland, where he embarked on a long period of developing "Fluxism" paintings.
'Fluxism' is a style originating from Leepa himself, while painting a watercolor and mistaking "a glass of vodka for 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 until his death in 1977.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LU825813164611
PERIOD: Mid-20th Century
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 27.5" Width: 20.8" Depth: 1.32"
MATERIAL: Paper, Wool
CREATOR: Harvey Leepa
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States