Nov 23, 2021 - Sale 2589

Sale 2589 - Lot 170

Price Realized: $ 5,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500

HANSON PUTHUFF (1875-1972)


41 1/2x28 inches, 105 1/2x71 cm.
Condition B+ / B: replaced losses and overpainting in top margin, slightly into image; repaired tear at top edge, into left image; repaired tears and creases in margins; repaired pin holes in corners. Linen, backed to foamcore. Framed.

Puthuff, born in Missouri, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Denver Art School before settling in California. He made a career as a commercial artist - creating murals, billboards, theater advertisements and even museum dioramas for the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. In 1926, he turned entirely toward fine art, exhibiting his signature landscape paintings in museums around the country and becoming involved in several art clubs and associations ( Puthuff counted himself among the California Plein-Air Painters, mockingly coined "The Eucalyptus School," creating most of his mountain landscapes on location. Even though he had just decided to abandon commercial art, the Santa Fe Railroad commissioned him that same year to paint views of the Grand Canyon for advertising. The painting featured in this Santa Fe Railroad poster illustrates an Impressionistic and atmospheric view of a different landmark, the Cajon Pass - the mountains so monumental that the viewer may not even notice the Chief train chugging along in the middle ground. We have found only two other instances of this scarce poster at auction.