MAURICE GEORGE LOGAN
American / California (1886-1977)
"Double Enders, Docked"
Signed ‘Maurice Logan' l.l.
Provenance : Property from the Family of Maurice Logan, Northern
Image size: 20” x 24”
Maurice (Maury) Logan was a member of the early Northern California group of painters, "Society of Six", who abandoned
the late 19th century California muted Tonalist method of painting for the bright colors, energized brush strokes, and simplified
shapes, popularized by American and French Impressionism and Post-Impression. Its members were William H, Clapp,
August Gay, Selden Gile, Maurice Logan, Louis Siegriest, and Bernard von Eichman - perhaps the most financially successful
of the members being Maurice Logan. In addition to being a successful painter, Logan also had a strong business as a commercial
illustrator. His commissions included Sunset Magazine covers, illustrations for Southern Pacific Company, Dole, Ghirardelli
Chocolate, and Standard Oil of California. He received many major awards, becoming an associate of New York's National
Academy in 1954, and a full member in 1960. His work is represented in many major museums, including the Metropolitan
Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Art.
Throughout his career, Logan's painting was done exclusively en plein air, with only touch-ups executed in the studio. He worked
both in oil and watercolor, working quickly, and mostly "wet into wet" in the latter. Logan's two favorite painters were John Singer
Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla, some of each being seen in the above painting, "Double Enders, Docked". A cursory glance at the
above might even attribute the painting to the hand of Van Gogh, with its strongly directional brushstrokes and rhythms. It also
combines the energy of short slashing brushstrokes with a softened palette that marries the best of the earlier Tonalist palette
with the brighter Fauvist colors which predominated the Society of Six from 1917 until the late 20's. The end result is an
outstanding work which was exhibited at the Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California, October 5 - November 11, 1989.
Maurice George LOGAN (1886-1977)
Birth place: San Francisco, CA
Death place: Orinda, CA
Addresses: Oakland, CA
Profession: Painter, illustrator
Studied: Art Center, San Francisco, 1935; Partington Art School, San Francisco; Mark Hopkins Art Institute with
Theodore Wores & Frank Van Sloan; Art Institute of Chicago with Reynolds, 1936; California College Arts &
Crafts (Director of Fine Arts, 1956).
Exhibited: Oakland Art Gallery, 1933 (solo), 1938 (solo), 1941 (solo); Courvoisier Gallery, San Francisco,
1933 (solo); Art Institute of Chicago, 1939; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1940 (solo), 1976;
Society of Western Artists, 1949-61; National Academy of Design, 1954-58 (certificate of merit), 1959-68;
American Watercolor Society, 1954-1958 (grand prize & gold medal), 1959-62 (prize), 1963 (prize), 1964-68;
De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, 1957 (solo); Maxwell Galleries., San Francisco, 1961 (solo);
California State Fair, Sacramento, 1962 (first place purchase award); "Two Hundred Years of American Watercolor,"
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966; Society of Six, Oakland Museum, 1972, 1981; Bohemian Club, 1975 (solo).
Member: National Academy of Design; American Watercolor Society; Society of Illustrators California; Oakland Art
Association; Society Western Artists.
Work: National Academy of Design; California State Fair Permanent Collection, Sacramento; Haggin Gallery, Stockton,
CA; Oakland (CA) Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art; San Diego Fine Art Gallery; Los Angeles County Museum
of Art; Bohemian Club; de Young Museum; Metropolitan Museum; California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park;
Reading (PA) Public Museum & Art Gallery; Frye Public Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Comments: Preferred media: watercolors, oils. Position: trustee, Calif. College Arts & Crafts, 1935-72. Teaching:
California College Arts & Crafts, 1935-44.
Sources: Who's Who 1973; Who's Who 1940; articles, American Artist magazine (June, 1962 & May, 1968); Society of Six,
catalogue (Oakland Mus. Art Dept, 1972); Hughes, Artists of California, 341-42.
de Young Museum
Frye Public Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary's College
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
National Academy of Design
Oakland Museum of California
Reading (PA) Public Museum & Art Gallery
San Diego Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Art
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
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