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Clyde Eugene Scott (1884-1959): Paintings from the Robert and Rea Westenhaver Collection

Front Cover of Exhibition Catalogue with "Rugged California," 36 x 48 inches, oil on board, Collection of Kelly and Robert Day



From the Introduction to the Catalogue "Clyde Scott: Paintings from the Robert and Rea Westenhaver Collection," published by William A. Karges Fine Art in Carmel and Los Angeles, Whitney Ganz wrote in June, 1999 " Ten years ago, I was invited by a long-time family friend, Phyllis Westenhaver Tebbe, to view a group of paintings hanging in a club house, which overlooks the ocean in Pacific Palisades. Although I had never heard of the artist Clyde Scott before, I was immediately impressed with the strength, design, and modern sensibility of the pictures. The fifteen or so works that were hanging were obviously executed by an artist who had an inherent love of the coastline, inland valleys, and mountains of California. A brief check in Who Was Who in American Art a few days later reconfirmed my suspicions that this was a significant painter from California's past. Indeed, those 'original' fifteen images stayed in the back of my mind for almost a decade, and on occasion I would inquire about their availability."

Ganz then received word from Ms. Tebbe years later that she had "an interest in selling the paintings by Clyde Scott she had inherited from her father Robert Westenhaver. Westenhaver and Scott were close friends for over a decade. They had met in Los Angeles through Lyle Wheeler, a famous art director of the period. Robert Westenhaver was an amateur painter himself, and Scott became his teacher. The two shared a common passion for the natural environment and painted together about once a week. After he died, Scott bequeathed numerous paintings to Wcstenhaver." Ganz said "Imagine my excitement as a dealer and aficionado of early California art history to find a storage shed filled with many additional Scott paintings behind the Tebbe family home."

Clyde Eugene Scott (1884-1959) had an extensive exhibition history. According to Ganz "Between the late 1920s and early 1950s, he exhibited in venues such as the California State Fair, the California Art Club, Painters and Sculptors of Southern California, Academy of Western Painters, and the Laguna Beach Art Association. In spite of his active participation in the California art community, Scott's personal history is almost exclusively derived from a small catalogue written by Walt Purdom and published in the early 1930s." Scott served in several leadership roles for art associations: president of Painters and Sculptors Club, vice-president of the California Art Club and exhibition chairman of Artists of the Southwest.

The exhibition catalog "Clyde Scott: Paintings from the Robert and Rea Westenhaver Collection," published by William A. Karges Fine Art in Los Angeles, is available by calling the publisher in Los Angeles at (310) 276-8531 and in Carmel at (800) 831-9185.

Images within article from top to bottom: Marshes at Dawn, 13 x 16 inches, oil on board, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Williams; Tamalpais from Belvedere, 10 1/2 x 21 3/4 inches, oil on board; The Purple Malibus, 30 x 40 inches, oil on canvas; At Floodtide, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, Collection of Phyllis Westenhaver Tebbe; The Lagoon, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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