1950s Double Sided Chicago Pier Watercolor Landscape

1950s Double Sided Chicago Pier Watercolor Landscape


Esther Landis 
Watercolor on paper 
16" x 22 1/2" 
Signed and dated May 30, 1950 in ink lower right 
Double-Sided Seascapes, Chicago Pier

Excellent Condition - Minor wear consistent with age and history.

Esther Elinor Johnson Landis

Esther was born Aug. 16, 1916, in Franklin, to Louis O. and Grace (Griffin) Johnson.Esther was married to the painter David Landis (b.1918-1983) and they occasionally collaborated on the designs of her ceramics. After attending John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, she studied art at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, obtaining a bachelor of arts degree in 1940 and a master’s degree in 1941. During the war years, she worked in drafting at Curtis Wright, a manufacturer of cargo planes. She began teaching art in the Chicago public school system in 1951. Esther was a prolific, talented studio ceramicist, who with her husband was active in the first art fairs in Old Town Chicago. Her artwork was exhibited at juried shows nationally and in a traveling Smithsonian display of American craft.

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