Nov 10, 2022 - Sale 2621

Sale 2621 - Lot 106

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000

MAURICE LOGAN (1886-1977)


22 3/4x16 inches, 57 3/4x40 3/4 cm.
Condition A-: small replaced loss and minor restoration in upper left corner; minor creases in image.

Working out of Northern California, Maurice Logan was a prominent commercial and fine artist. In 1917, he joined five other California painters to form the "Society of Six," a group of artists whose work was categorized first and foremost by bold colors. "Considered outsiders in their time, their work is now recognized as part of the vital and enduring lineage of American art" (Society of Six). In 1923, Maurice Logan began designing posters for the Southern Pacific Railway. For these earliest images, "he used the flat color effects of the German poster technique, painting with bold colors and relying on color contrast for depth. The series depicted women in emblematic settings" (Zega p. 58). These early Southern Pacific posters, with their broad, flat planes of color and absence of outlining, are reminiscent of work by Ludwig Hohlwein. Later in the decade, as Logan continued his work with the railroad, his posters became less graphic and more painterly. Zega p. 61, Northern California pl. 9.

Additional Details

From the collection of Victor Ryerson.