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Joseph Frey
(1892-1977)


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"Desert in the Spring"
c. 1935
Oil on canvas board
22 x 28 inches






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A painter of harbor scenes, landscapes and marines, Joseph Frey was born in Walla Walla, Washington on October 17, 1892. At age 16 Frey began his art studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. He opened his first studio in 1915 in San Francisco during the furor of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and painted many harbor scenes in and around the bay. After serving in World War I, he sailed out of San Francisco and spent many years at sea working as a chef and studying painting in various ports. By the late 1920s he had settled in Southern California where he lived and worked as a chef in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara. Frey died on August 17, 1977 in Hawthorne, CA.

Member: Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles.

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