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26. Norman H. Yeckley. Untitled Arizona Landscape, 1940s. Oil on canvas. Stretcher size: 20 x 24". Frame size: 23 1/2 x 27 1/2". Signed in l. r. corner: Norman Henry Yeckley. Excellent condition.

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Born in Douglas, Arizona, in 1914 and subsequently raised in Southern California, Norman Yeckley’s lifelong fascination with the desert is reflected in his colorful plein-air paintings of his two home states. Yeckley grew up in Glendale, California, where he worked as an engineer for the city. He later took classes at the Otis Art Institute and the Art Students League, both in Los Angeles. At the latter, Yeckley was a student of Dana Bartlett, from whom he inherited a predilection for painting desert views in transparent jewel-like colors—a stylistic convention shared by many artists of the Southern California school of landscape painting in the first half of the twentieth century.

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In the work offered here, Yeckley depicts a series of colorful mesas in the high-keyed palette typical of the California landscape tradition. The vegetation of the foreground fairly glows as the light from the desert sun strikes the pads of the prickly-pear cacti and the leaves of the mesquite bushes. In the background, Yeckley renders the mountains in pale, thin strokes of purple and blue-gray. Enormous white clouds sit suspended over the desert valley.

In the 1930s, Yeckley painted desert landscapes for the W.P.A. and gained such recognition that he was soon represented by galleries in Los Angeles, Palm Desert, and Phoenix. He was a member of the Laguna Beach Arts Association and the Glendale Arts Association. He remained in Southern California until his death in 1994.

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