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Title: Untitled, [Superstition Mountains]
Name: Painting
Date: 1925
Period: American Impressionism
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 18 x 26 in. (45.7 x 66 cm)
Marks: Signed in the lower right corner, in gray: "H.B. Wagoner"
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Gift of the estate of F. Wendell Miller. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University.
Object Number: U96.20
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Harry B. Wagoner (1889 - 1950)

Birth 1889 (Rochester, Indiana)

Death 1950 (Phoenix, Arizona)

Lived/Active : Illinois/California

Often Known for desert landscapes and a sculptor.

A resident primarily of Chicago, Harry Wagoner earned a distinguished reputation as a painter of California and Arizona desert landscapes.

He was born in Rochester, Indiana, studied art with Homer Pollock and then had further study in Paris, Italy, and Chicago. In 1918, he was in El Paso, Texas for a year operating an art gallery representing artists of Santa Fe, Taos and El Paso. The next year he moved to Altadena, California, and remained there until 1934, after which he moved several times including to Palm Springs, Laguna Beach, Chicago and Phoenix where he died on April 9, 1950.

He had traveled to Arizona by 1930, and was sketching desert and mountain landscapes. Titles of some of those paintings include And the Desert Shall Blossom, and The Apache Stronghold.

He was a member of the Hoosier Salon, the Pasadena Society of Painters, and the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Engravers.
Peggy and Harold Samuels, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists.

Born in Rochester, IN on Nov. 5, 1889. Wagoner studied art with Homer Pollock and in Paris. Returning from Europe, he settled in Chicago. During the late 1920s he began spending winters in southern California as a resident of Beaumont, Palm Springs, and Altadena. Wagoner lived in Phoenix for several years before his death there on April 9, 1950. He is well known for his desert landscapes of California and Arizona. Member: Hoosier Salon; Pasadena Society of Artists. Exh: Pasadena Art Inst., 1925; Friday Morning Club (LA), 1925; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1926-28; El Mirador Hotel (Palm Springs), 1929; Burford Gallery (Laguna Beach), 1931; El Paso Woman's Club, 1935. In: Cooper Union (NYC).
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); American Art Annual 1931-33; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Artists of the American West (Samuels); Los Angeles Times, 12-16-1929; NY Times, 4-11-1950 (obituary).