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JON SERL (American, 1894-1993)

"George Dressed for the Masqurade" (sic); Oil on masonite; Titled on verso and inscribed with price and ADRI: 60" x 19" x 1"; Provenance: Purchased from artist; Jon Serl was born on an American Indian reservation in New York State. He worked in vaudeville before moving to Hollywood, where he held acting, dancing and screenwriting jobs, waited on tables, picked cherries and dubbed voices for silent-film actors when the talkies arrived. His painting career began when he retreated to San Juan Capistrano in 1949 and shut himself off from society. Using wood scraps, plywood signs and other salvaged materials and paints he made from earth and homegrown plants, he went on to produce a large body of distinctive, figurative art which he refused to sell or exhibit for 20 years. He finally consented to showing his work in the 1970s. It is now in numerous important private and museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution of American Art in Washington, D.C.

Sale Price: $10,625

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Condition Report

Small abrasion to lower left quadrant and some overall surface soiling.