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California, American and International Fine Art

Spangenberg, George (1907-1964)

Squaw Peak, Borego Desert







Born in Buffalo, New York in 1907, George Spangenberg left formal education at an early age to pursue an art career. He studied with Charles Burchfield and John Carlson, and was a graduate of the Buffalo School of Fine Arts.

He moved to Southern California in the 1930s. Destitute, he often traded his paintings for food and art supplies. In the late 1940s he moved to Virginia and then to Lockport and Buffalo, New York where he became a member of the Niagara Art Guild.

Shortly before his untimely death in 1964, his studio was devastated by fire taking with it the body of his work. Fortunately, his California works had remained in the San Diego area and have since become highly collectable. Although he did portraits and still lifes, his main subject matter was the landscape of the San Diego back county.

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