|Clyde Forsythe |
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"Wagon Crossing the Desert"
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
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An illustrator, painter, and cartoonist, Victor Clyde Forsythe was born in Orange, California on August 24, 1885. Forsythe spent his youth on a ranch in the Coachella Valley. He was a pupil of the Los Angeles School of Art and Design under Louise Garden McLeod, and in 1904 painted his first western landscape while on a train from California to New York. He further studied with Frank V. DuMond at the Art Students League while working as a staff artist for the New York World.
While in New York, he became nationally famous as the creator of cartoons and comic strips such as Way Out West and Vic. During World War I he painted many war posters including "And They Thought We Couldn’t Fight". Forsythe introduced an unknown artist named Norman Rockwell to the Saturday Evening Post and was a close friend of Frank Tenney Johnson.
Having gained financial success, in 1920 he and Johnson moved to Alhambra, California where they shared a studio. They established the Biltmore Gallery in Los Angeles due to the success of their works. After returning to California, Forsythe immersed himself in the lore of the West and often lived in ghost towns while on painting forays. His subjects included desert scenes with prospectors and their burros as well as cowboy genre. His unique style of painting the sky and cloud formations became the identifying feature of his paintings. Forsythe died on May 24, 1962 in Pasadena.
Awards: Bronze Medal, Painters of the West, 1927.
Member: Salmagundi Club; California Art Club; Allied AA; Painters of the West.
Exhibited: Goldem Gate International Exposition, 1939 (Gold Rush).
Works Held: Municipal Art Gallery, Phoenix.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.