David Lenz American, b. 1962
View from North Avenue Reservoir Looking East, Milwaukee, 1984
Oil on canvas
30 x 36 in
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'View from North Avenue Reservoir Looking East, Milwaukee' is an excellent and early work by the Wisconsin-based master of Photorealistic painting David Lenz. The sweeping landscape presents a part of the city away from iconic local symbols that one might expect, like City Hall or North Point Tower. Instead, it focuses on the buildings of the average person – shops, industrial buildings, parks, schools, and middle class homes. Indeed, because of this it is arguably a more accurate portrayal of the city and of being in the city. Early works like this one show the debt that David Lenz has to the American Scene and Regionalist artists and photographers of the first half of the twentieth century. Artists like George Bellows, John Sloan, Robert Henri, as well as Edward Hopper and Paul Strand all looked to the American city, focusing on the industrial and the social aspects of life and place. David Lenz continues that tradition in meticulous naturalism. oil on canvas 30 x 36 inches, canvas 37 x 43 inches, frame Signed "David M. Lenz" and dated 3.23.84, lower center. Inscribed "Lenz" in graphite on reverse of frame, upper right. Inscribed "606-1 30 x 36 1/4 OW" in graphite on reverse of frame, right. Presented in the original frame with maple wood moulding and a 2.5-inch linen liner and white fillet. Overall good condition; some yellowing to liner; marks on white fillet.