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Charles Bell (American, 20th Century), Fishing Boats in San Francisco Bay, oil on fiberglass board

Charles Bell (American, 20th Century), Fishing Boats in San Francisco Bay, oil on fiberglass board

Item Description:

Inscribed on reverse "Charles Bell" and numbered "#32", in a wooden frame


Possible areas of paint loss to the upper edge (see photographs). Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame.


Private Collection


Height 18 in. x Width 24 in. (sight)
Height 26 in. x Width 32 in. (frame)

About The Artist:

Charles "Charlie" Bell was an American landscape artist who was active in the 1930Õs in Sacramento, California. He was born in California around 1913. Bell first gained notoriety when he won third place in a logo contest for Sacramento's East Lawn Memorial Park in 1929. His three drawing submissions earned him the prize of $10. In the 1930s, Bell studied art at the Sacramento Junior College, now Sacramento City College. After surviving the Great Depression and apprenticing with well known Sacramento architect Frank Williams, Bell and his wife Laura started their own business designing and building homes for the Arden-Arcade and Sacramento area. It is believed that Bell mentored Thomas Kinkade when Kinkade was growing up in nearby Placerville in the 1960s. Kinkade, self described as "the master of light", would go on to be a prolific painter who specialized in American pastoral works, or idealized scenes of the countryside. Kinkade won his fame by heavily commercializing his works and making them accessible to a broad audience.

Bell's landscapes are characterized by broad brushstrokes and possibly the use of a palette knife to apply thick swathes of color onto the canvas.


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