Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Paul Landacre, Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract Resident from 1925 to 1963

Print: Paul Landacre, Death of a Forest, 1937. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Whenever a fire burns in the Glendale hills at night, Paul Landacre's 1937 print, Death of a Forest, comes to mind. The image above would be the view from his house.

Paul Landacre, preeminent 20th Century American wood-cut artist, lived and worked in the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract for more than 30 years. His work reflected not only the neighborhood, but also the quality of light in the neighborhood.

Print: Paul Landacre, Margaret and Horace, 1947. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Landacre also portrayed the more mundane side of living in the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists' Tract. In Margaret and Horace, Landacre's wife, Margaret, tends the garden while their bulldog, Horace, snoozes nearby. Landacre, like many who live in the area today, was attracted to the seclusion and natural beauty of the wooded hillside of the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract.