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    HAROLD VON SCHMIDT (American, 1893-1982)
    You Are Very Kind, 1928
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 50 in.
    Signed and dated lower right
    Inscribed verso: As it was, he got the impression of all manner of eyes and features turned on him from out of a deep fur collar.

    Property of a Prominent Texas Collector.

    Harold Von Schmidt was one of the most popular painters in America during the latter days of the great age of magazine illustration. His paintings and drawings were vivid accompaniments to many of the best writers of the day and appeared in the pages of Saturday Evening Post, Sunset, Cosmopolitan, and American. At a time when stories in these publications were the equivalent of today's television series, Von Schmidt's works provided the visual content for the words of many prominent writers.

    Von Schmidt was born in Alameda, California, and received his first art training at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Later he moved to New York City and was taught by Harvey Dunn at the Grand Central Art School. Dunn had been trained and greatly influenced by pioneer American illustrator, Howard Pyle, and he passed that tradition along to Von Schmidt. In turn, Von Schmidt became a teacher and mentor to many younger artists through the establishment of the Famous Artist's School in Westport, Connecticut. Von Schmidt was one of the founders of the school and remained on the faculty for many years. Affectionately known as Von by his students and colleagues, he became an influential mentor to many western artists.

    Works such as the ones in this auction show the full range of his ability as a painter and storyteller.


    Condition Report*: Paint chip approximately 1-inch in diameter to central region of canvas with active cleavage surrounding the area.  Framed dimensions: 40x60
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2011
    4th-6th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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