Simon Paul Baus (1882-1969)
Oil on Board
32 x 40 inches
Signed Lower Right
Recently conserved; recent frame.
This painting was featured in our 8/26/2022 weekly newsletter.
“Simon Baus studied under Otto Stark at Manual High School and under William Forsyth and J. Ottis Adams at Herron. He’d planned on attending Purdue to study engineering but instead opted for a career in the US Postal Service where he remained for 45 years. Despite working full time, Baus was an extraordinarily prolific painter over a career that spanned his entire adult life. He exhibited scores of times in the Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition and was associated with seemingly all the touchstone events and personalities in 20th Century Indiana art. For the last few years we’ve been representing the Simon Baus artistic estate and have had many good pieces come to light for the first time.
Today’s paintings are the same in that respect – this is their market debut! A really strong painting. Midnight Drive (c. 1955) reflects a more ‘modern’ Baus doing hard edges and a slightly skewed perspective. Both are exhibition size works, conserved and nicely framed. And speaking plainly, they’re probably the last really good Baus pieces that we will bring to market."
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