Dan Lutz (1906-1978), born in Decator, Illinois, was an American painter known for his urban landscape, genre, and still life painting. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute and received a fellowship to paint in Europe in 1931. He later studied at the University of Southern California. In the 1930s, he developed a distinct technique with watercolors, using bright, opaque colors. During that time, his work was grounded in theAmerican Scene Painting School, and he also created Social Realist paintings of lower class life in Los Angeles. In the 1940s, he worked in both oil and watercolors, focusing on the everyday urban life, and he continued to develop his focus on color in the 1950s.