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Maurice Logan, N.A. Biography

Born in San Francisco (or near Calistoga) on February 21, 1886.  Logan began his art studies at age ten with local artists Clara Cuff and Richard Partington.  After the 1906 earthquake and fire, attended the San Francisco Art Institute for seven years under Wores, Stanton, and Van Sloun.  Logan had further study at the Art Institute of Chicago, then returned to California and enrolled at the California College of Arts and Crafts where he later taught from 1935-1943.  During the 1920’s he was active with the Society of Six, a group of artists who exhibited at the Oakland Art Gallery.  In the 1930’s he abandoned his intensely colorful palette of the 1920’s for a more subdued one.  His subjects often were Mother Lode ghost towns, Arizona desert scenes, and sailing scenes.  Best known for his watercolors, Logan was equally adept at oils.  He became an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1954 and a full National Academician in 1960.  His works were widely exhibited and are now in the permanent collection of many major museums.  Logan died in Orinda, CA on March 22, 1977.