Victor S. Matson - Painter

(1895 - 1972)

Victor Stanley Matson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 18, 1895. After graduation from the University of Utah with a degree in mechanical engineering, he moved to southern California in 1922 and soon purchased a home in Pasadena. There he studied painting with Jack Wilkinson Smith and Sam Hyde Harris, and printmaking with Franz Geritz. With Smith and Harris, he often painted in the Mojave Desert and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Matsonís early works were done on location and included rural scenes and landscapes near his home in Pasadena. These early works often include people, animals, bridges and automobiles. After 1950 he used a more detailed style and chose desert and beach scenes for his subjects which were done in his studio. Matson died in South Pasadena on his birthday, March 18, 1972.

Memberships: California Art Club (president); Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles (president, 1964); Laguna Beach Art Association; Valley Artistsí Guild; Businessmenís Art Institute (Montrose); American Artists Professional League; San Gabriel Art Association and the Printmakers Society of California.

California Statewide (Santa Cruz) 1943-46
DeSaisset Art Gallery (University of Santa Clara) 1963 (solo)
Ebell Club (Los Angeles) 1964
Los Angeles City Hall.

Matson is included in the Allstate Insurance Collection.

Source: Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

His painting "Lake Mary" is annotated verso: Lake Mary, Mommoth Lake Region, California, High Sierras.

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