Fremont F. Ellis

Fremont F. Ellis


Nationality: American

With Jozef Bakos, Walter Mruk, Willard Nash, and Will Shuster, Fremont Ellis founded Los Cinco Pintores, Santa Fe's modernist art movement, in 1921. Throughout his career he drew inspiration from the light and palette of the New Mexico landscape. He was born in 1897 in Montana, the son of a traveling dentist, and received his only art training during a stint in New York, studying for three months at the Art Students League and copying Impressionist masterworks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ellis's first job as an optometrist proved dissatisfying, and in 1919 after a visit to Santa Fe, he decided to plant roots there: he married, worked as a photographer and sign painter, and pursued his true passion of landscape painting. Of the Cinco Pintores, Ellis was the most traditional, never adopting pure abstraction, rather favoring the fractured brushwork and vibrant palette of Impressionism to render the region's mountains, trees, and deserts. During his nearly sixty years in Santa Fe, he maintained ties with the West coast and exhibited at the California Art Club, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Oakland Art Gallery.

Like the French Impressionist Claude Monet, Ellis painted series of landscapes, often repeating the same scene in different seasons and under varying atmospheric conditions. El Rancho de San Sebastian, a forested region just north of Santa Fe, was one of his favorite serial subjects. With its flickering aspen groves and views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this location afforded Ellis ripe opportunities to experiment with light and color.


Fremont F. Ellis Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
FREMONT ELLIS (American, 1897-1985) New Mexico Landscape with Wagon Oil on canvas laid on board 35 x 45 inches (88.9
FREMONT ELLIS (American, 1897-1985)New Mexico Landscape with WagonOil on canvas laid on board35 x 45 inches (88.9 ...
Lot 76163
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
FREMONT F. ELLIS (American, 1897-1985) Sun and Shadow on Adobe Oil on artists' board 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
FREMONT F. ELLIS (American, 1897-1985)Sun and Shadow on AdobeOil on artists' board16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)...
Lot 70055
Auction 5095
Saturday, May 5, 2012
FREMONT ELLIS (American 1897-1985) View from the Hill, 1969 Oil on masonite 30in. x 36in. Signed and dated lower rig
FREMONT ELLIS (American 1897-1985)View from the Hill, 1969Oil on masonite30in. x 36in.Signed and dated lower rig...
Lot 23179
Auction 628
Thursday, May 4, 2006
Fremont F. Ellis (American, 1897-1985) On the Way to the Trading Post Oil on Masonite 20 x 23-7/8 inches (50.8 x 60.6
Fremont F. Ellis (American, 1897-1985)On the Way to the Trading PostOil on Masonite20 x 23-7/8 inches (50.8 x 60.6...
Lot 69010
Auction 5330
Friday, November 3, 2017
Fremont F. Ellis (American, 1897-1985) Autumn, Laguna Pueblo, 1973 Oil on canvas 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61.0 cm) Sig...
Fremont F. Ellis (American, 1897-1985)Autumn, Laguna Pueblo, 1973Oil on canvas20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61.0 cm)Sig... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 69009
Auction 5330
Friday, November 3, 2017

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