Harold Von Schmidt

1893 - 1982
Painter, Illustrator
Origin: United States
Born: 1893, Alameda, California
Died: 1982, Westport, Connecticut

As a native Californian, the West played a large role in the paintings and illustrations of Harold Von Schmidt. After being orphaned at age five, he was raised by his grandfather and aunt, both of whom were supportive of his artistic talents. He studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the San Francisco Art Institute and worked as a studio assistant to Maynard Dixon for three years. At this time, he began his illustration career, providing designs for Sunset magazine and designing posters for the Navy during World War I.

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Night Watcher
1932, Tempera on Paper
Harold Von Schmidt
United States, 1893 - 1982