1920s Southern Pacific RR Poster of the Alamo by Maurice Logan

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2. [ALAMO]. LOGAN, Maurice (artist). The Alamo San Antonio Texas Southern Pacific [in image at lower right] Maurice Logan] [at lower left margin] A-32-1-15-29-3000. N.p.: Southern Pacific Railroad, 1929. Lithograph poster printed on light-weight coated card stock, 58.5 x 40.5 cm. Light marginal wear and slight unobtrusive creasing, overall very good, as-issued condition, excellent color, well preserved, and very beautiful.

     First printing. This scarce 1920s Southern Pacific Railroad Texas travel poster was published and distributed to promote the state of Texas as a travel destination and the Southern Pacific Railroad Line as a way to get there. Southern Pacific did few full color ads. Artist Maurice Logan created a series of travel posters for the Southern Pacific Railroad in the mid 1920s featuring different destinations across the American Southwest and the Pacific Coast. These are among the most beautiful and highly sought-after travel posters of this period and a wonderful example of Southern Pacific’s advertising campaign. Logan’s poster is a striking image of the Alamo in shadow and sunlight in his American Impressionist style with Fauvist bright colors and short, quick brush strokes. Logan and five other California plein air painters joined together to form the “Society of Six,” a group of artists whose work was categorized first and foremost by bold colors.
     Hughes, Edan Milton, “Artists in California: 1786-1940,” San Francisco: Hughes Publishing Company, 1989:

Maurice Logan (1886-1977), born in San Francisco, California (or near Calistoga) on February 21, 1886, began his art studies at age ten with local artists Clara Cuff and Richard Partington. After the disaster of 1906, he attended the San Francisco Institute of Art for seven years under Wores, Stanton, and Van Sloun. He furthered his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago before returning to California to enroll at the CCAC where he later taught from 1935-43. During the 1920s he was active with the Society of Six, a group of artists who exhibited at the Oakland Art Gallery. In the 1930s he abandoned his intensely colorful palette of the 1920s and used a more subdued, gray one. His subjects often were Mother Lode ghost towns, Arizona desert scenes, and sailing scenes. Best known for his watercolors, he was equally adept with oil.

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Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $918.75.

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