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Antique Carl (Karl) Moon Oil on Canvas Painting of Native Americans

  • $ 2,40000

Original antique oil on canvas by Carl (Karl) Everton Moon (1878 - 1948, San Francisco, CA). More famously known as a photographer this large canvas oil painting depicts a typical scene for Moon, native American life. The subject matter is little more obscure than usual as it does not depict an action packed narrative, rather a underrated daily education of a young brave. One brave is observing the other as he paints symbols on a stretched hide in a teepee lodge. Signed upper right "Moon" on the actual hide.

Born in Wilmington, Ohio, he became a photographer, painter, and illustrator who moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico as a young man where he operated a photography studio.

In 1907, he moved into the Grand Canyon headquarters of Fred Harvey to manage Harvey's art business. He studied landscape painting with visiting artists Louis Akin, Thomas Moran, and Frank Sauerwein, and he also took many photographs and films of Pueblo Indians. In 1911, he married artist Grace Purdie and settled in Pasadena. He focused on landscape painting and illustrating children's stories co-authored with his wife. He was a member of The Cartoonist Club and the Pasadena Art Association.

Label on back of frame: Gimbel Brothers Art Store

Provenance: private collection, Ventura, CA

A fabulous addition to your western decor, art collection, early holiday gift or a special housewarming gift.


Painting measures 30" by 22.5"
Frame measures 37.5" by 29" by 2"
Weighs 10lb 3oz


In generally good condition considering age and use. Craquelure throughout. Stretcher bar creases along the 4 edges. The outline of some of the verso patches are visible.
Under a backlight you can see 2.75" by 1.25" area of touch up left center with corresponding patch verso.
A 1" line and a 1.25" x 1.25" area of touch up in the center each with corresponding patch verso.
A 0.75" by 2.75" area and a 0.5" by 1.5" area of touch up lower right each with corresponding patch verso.
A 1.75" by 3.5" area of touch up lower center with corresponding patch verso.
Small spots of touch up upper left - please see all pictures as they form part of the description.


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