Dana Bartlett

Landscape painter, etcher. Born in Iona, MI on Nov. 19, 1882. After studying at the Art Students League in NYC under William M. Chase and Charles Warren Eaton, Bartlett had a studio for a few years in Boston. He then moved to Portland, OR where he worked as a commercial artist for the Foster-Kleiser Company. About 1915 he briefly had a studio in San Francisco before making his final move to Los Angeles.

He furthered his art training with Coussens in Paris (1924) and made a special study of how Titian, Turner and Monticelli applied their color. Upon his return he experimented with the use of Venetian temera as an underpainting resulting in a number of imaginative landscapes and still lifes painted in a high decorative fashion with brilliant, jewel-like transparent glowing colors.

In 1927 he held a successful solo show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.. The following year he opened an art gallery in Los Angeles where he exhibited not only his paintings but those of other local artists.

His decorative style exemplifies the “Eucalyptus School;” however, he also painted many nocturnes and scenes from his travels in Europe. Bartlett was an active member of the Southern California art community for over 40 years and a teacher at Chouinard School of Art. He died in Los Angeles on July 3, 1957.