Edward Christiana (1912-1992). “Emerald Lake (British Columbia),” (1974). Watercolor on paper, 22 by 30 inches. Signed and dated on recto (lower right) and verso. The watercolor is in good condition overall, with some foxing.
Though Christiana was known as the Painter Laureate of the Mohawk Valley (in central New York State) he painted throughout the US and Canada. This composition was conceived during one of the artist’s trips to British Columbia, and completed in his home studio. On the verso he wrote: “Emerald Lake (British Columbia). watercolor, from drawing. [signed and dated 1974.]”
Christiana graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1933; was inducted into the American Watercolor Society in 1949; and taught at the Munson-Williams-Proctor School of Art from the 1940s until his death in 1992. His inspirations included J. C. Leyendecker, N. C. Wyeth, and John Marin. His oil paintings and watercolors are represented in the Currier Gallery of Art (NH), Worcester Art Museum (MA), and Columbus Museum of Art (OH), among other institutions. $900 (5-20-20)