Anton Gutknecht (1908 – 1988)
Anton Gutknecht was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1907. He spent his early life in Munich and Hamburg. He then taught for many years at the Royal Academy in Vienna. As his fame grew, his paintings won prizes in international competitions in Vienna, Paris, Rome and Naples.
A world traveler, Gutknecht began making trips to southern California in the 1930s; He later settled in Palm Springs.
In 1980 Foster Art Books published Painting Landscapes and Seascapes by Gutknecht, the first of several books by this artist in the Foster “how to paint” series which brought Gutknecht recognition throughout the United States. His paintings, which can be sweeping in scope, contain a mixture of realism and idealistic beauty. Some of his Southern California scenes were reproduced as commercial prints. It is thought that over a million of these prints were published in the artist’s lifetime.
Gutknecht returned to Düsseldorf shortly before his death in 1988.
Sources: Archives of AskArt; Edan Hughes: Artists in California, 1786 -1940; GoAntiques.com
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