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Daniel Lutz
(1906-1978)


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"Revival Church"
Oil on canvas
40 x 30







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Daniel Lutz, a modernist painter, was born in Decatur, Illinois on July 7, 1906. During the late 1920s Lutz began his art training at the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied sculpture and painting. He was awarded a traveling fellowship for one year of study in Europe. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1932, he settled in Los Angeles. After attaining a B.F.A. degree from the University of Southern California, he taught there for the next decade. During the WWII years, he taught at Chouinard Art School and was also a visiting instructor at the AIC. Lutz painted Regionalist scenes of everyday American life, such as a corner pool room, deserted houses, a gospel meeting house, and interpretations of Negro spirituals, in oil and watercolor. Lutz died on December 10, 1978 in Santa Barbara, CA.

Member: California Watercolor Society; American Watercolor Society; Philadelphia Watercolor Club.

Exhibited: GGIE, 1939; Pasadena Art Institute; CGA 1941, 1943; NAD 1941-42; Carnegie Foundation, Pittsburgh, 1946-47. Awards: AIC, 1931; Santa Cruz Annual, 1933 (first prize); San Diego Fine Art Society, 1937; NAD, 1941 (Clark Prize); California Watercolor Society, 1938, 1942, 1951; LACMA 1942, 1954; PAFA, 1945 (Wheelwright Prize); and others.

Works held: LACMA; San Diego Museum; Pasadena Museum; La Jolla Art Center; Santa Barbara Museum.

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.