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Erle Loran Art

ERLE LORAN (USA, 1905–99)
ERLE LORAN (USA, 1905–99)

Erle Loran was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1905. He attended the University of Minnesota for a while before studying at the Minneapolis School of Art, under Cameron Booth, and graduated in 1926. Loran was awarded a traveling scholarship from the Chaloner Foundation (Paris Prize) after graduation and spent the next four years in Europe, living in Cézanne’s studio. Loran had always been fascinated by the work of the artist Paul Cézanne, and it motivated him throughout his life both in his painting and writing. He would later pen several books and articles based on his time spent in what was once Cézanne’s world. Once he returned home, Loran moved to California and began not only painting and continuing his art career, but also took up teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as chairman of the art department from 1952–56 and continued teaching there until his retirement in 1973, where he was awarded a University Citation. Berkeley once again awarded Loran, this time in 1981, declaring him an Emeritus Professor.


During the 1940s, Loran belonged to a group of some 20 artists that produced lithographs for the “Chronicle Contemporary Graphics” project. Around the same time, he published two books (one of which was the successful Cézanne Composition) and two articles in art magazines the following decade. By the late 1960s, Loran had changed focus and began painting more abstract images, fusing Op Art, Pop Art and Hard Edge. Perhaps his new direction was influenced by his time spent in New York learning under the artist Hans Hoffman, an artist from Europe who was heavily interested in bringing modern European techniques and philosophies to America. Loran was eventually hindered by visual impairment but continued painting until about a year before his death. He passed away in Berkeley, California, in 1999.


(Biography provided by Robert Azensky Fine Art)


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Abstracted Landscape Cliff's Formation Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Gorgeous abstracted mid century landscape titled, "Cliff's Formation" by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), 1983. Unframed. Signed lower right "Loran '83 and titled on verso. Presente...
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1980s Abstract Impressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Mountains Overlooking the City Abstracted Cityscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful abstract of Berkeley Hills overlooking the city of Oakland, California by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Presented in a wood slat white frame. Signed lower right "Loran....
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Linen, Acrylic

Olympic Star, 1967 by Erle Loran
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Olympic Star by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Erle Loran was a modernist of urban-coast views and geometric painting. Signed and dated lower right "Loran '67" and titled with ex...
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1960s Modern Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Young Surfer
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dramatic and vivid large scale young, nude surfer by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Erle Loran was a modernist of urban-coast views and geometric painting. Signed and dated lower ...
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1960s Post-Modern Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Erle Loran Mid Century Abstract Painting c.1964
By Erle Loran
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage abstract painting by Erle Loran (1905 - 1999), c.1964. This is another fantastic period abstract painting by listed artist, Erle Loran. The untitled work is done in oil on ...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Erle Loran Art

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Oil, Board

Mid Century Navajo Weaver Hogan Figurative
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Modernist watercolor of a Navajo hogan with figure by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate signed with provenance on verso. Presented in rustic black painted wooden frame. Image,...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

California Scene Landscape Painting 1944
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Substantial and period American Scene watercolor of the Oakland, California countryside 1944 by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed lower right "Earl Loran" Presented in a silve...
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1940s American Modern Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

Berkeley Hills Abstract Landscape Erle Loran 1976
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Colorful modern painting of Berkeley Hills by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed and dated "Loran '76" lower right corner. Unframed. Image, 12"H x 16"W. Erle Loran was born in...
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1970s Modern Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

California Industrial Scene Landscape By Erle Loran
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
California modernist industrial scene by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed lower left "Erle Loran '37." Presented in a gilt wood frame, with faux suede liner, giltwood fillet ...
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1930s American Modern Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Gouache, Archival Paper

Open Spaces Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Fluid forms and shapes with pastel colors titled Open Spaces by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate stamp on verso. Unframed. Erle Loran was a modernist of urban-coast views an...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Abstracted San Francisco Bay Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Bold abstract lansdcape by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Unsigned, but was acquired from the estate of Ruth Loran (wife of artist). Presented in a new black mat with foam core ba...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Erle Loran Art

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Pastel, Paper

Abstracted Bay Area Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Bold abstract lansdcape by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Unsigned, but was acquired from the estate of Ruth Loran (wife of artist). Presented in a new black mat with foam core ba...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Erle Loran Art

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Paper, Pastel

Abstracted Industrial Cityscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Bold abstract lansdcape by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Unsigned, but was acquired from the estate of Ruth Loran (wife of artist). Presented in a new black mat with foam core ba...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Erle Loran Art

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Paper, Pastel

Erle Loran Modernist Abstract Colorful Gouache Painting California Artist
By Erle Loran
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Mixed media on paper, each with estate of the artist label affixed verso. Born: October 3, 1905, Minneapolis, MN Died: May 13, 1999, Berkeley, CA Erle Loran was born in 1905 in Minne...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Gouache

Blue City Trees
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Elegant modernist scene depicting blue toned trees in an urban setting by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Unframed. Estate stamp on verso. Erle Loran was a modernist of urban-coas...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Mid Century East Bay Industrial Scene Erle Loran
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dynamic industrial drawing of East Bay California by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), circa 1940. From collection of estate of Ruth Loran (wife of artist). Presented in mat. Unframe...
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1940s Abstract Geometric Erle Loran Art

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Charcoal, Laid Paper

Mid Century Cyan Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dynamic, cyan abstract by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed "Erle Loran" and dated "51" lower right. Presented in silver toned metal frame with mat sans glass. Image size: 21...
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1950s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Gouache, Archival Paper

Blue Woman - Figurative Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Bright and evocative San Francisco Abstract Expressionist painting by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). C. 1980. Estate stamp on verso. Purchased directly form the Estate of Erle Lor...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Painted Desert Dreams Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Abstract Expressionist rendering of parts of the Jon Day Painted Desert Dreams. a vivid, large-scale abstract painting by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate stamped on verso. U...
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1980s Abstract Impressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Dream's End Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Wonderful abstract with pistachio, cobalt blue and red tones by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate stamp on verso. Can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Unframed. Conditi...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Wyoming Mountains Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Energetic abstract in blue and orange hues, by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Erle Loran was a modernist of urban-coast views and geometric painting. Loran was born in Minneapolis...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Paper, Watercolor

Salt Ponds II Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
A bright and colorful abstract interpretation of the Bay Area salt ponds by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate stamp on verso. Can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Unfra...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Salt Ponds Abstract 1
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
A bright and colorful abstract interpretation of the Bay Area salt ponds by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate stamp on verso. Can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Unfra...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Linen, Acrylic

Four Red Mountains - Abstract Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Vivid and arresting abstracted landscape of four red mountains by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), c. 1985. Estate stamp on verso. Provenance; From the estate of Earl Loran; David C...
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1980s Abstract Impressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Fantasy Bay, San Francisco Salt Ponds
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Abstract of the San Francisco Cargill Salt Ponds, titled "Fantasy Bay" by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), c. 1970. Unframed. Signed lower right "Loran '71 and titled on verso. Imag...
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1970s Abstract Impressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

San Francisco Salt Ponds Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dramatic large scale abstracted landscape based on the Cargill San Francisco Salt Ponds by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), c. 1980. Estate stamp on verso. From the estate of Erle ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

White and Blue Bay Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dramatic large scale abstract of white, blue and red shapes by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), c. 1980. Signed lower right and on verso. Can be oriented vertically or horizontally...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Acrylic, Canvas

Wyoming Gold - Abstract Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Bold abstracted landscape by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate stamp on verso. Can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Unframed. Condition: Excellent. Image 52"H x 60"W. ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Wyoming Abstract #4
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Stunning pastel on paper of Wyoming by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Erle Loran was a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Signed lower left." Unframed. I...
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1940s Abstract Impressionist Erle Loran Art

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Pastel, Archival Paper, Permanent Marker

White & Red Abstract 1980
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Substantial and striking abstract of red, white and blue colors by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate stamp on verso. Can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Unframed. Cond...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Acrylic, Canvas

Navajo Hunters
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dynamic, multi colored abstract by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Depicts a group of hunters and their horses participating in a hunt with colorful abstract landscape and hills in...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Gouache, Archival Paper

Light Operator
By Erle Loran
Located in Minneapolis, MN
A kinetic, large format industrial-themed modernist painting by Erle Loran, titled Light Operator. This is signed and dated in the lower right corner, and additionally signed, dated ...
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1960s Abstract Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Paint

Oakland to Tamalpais Views Fauvist Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Colorful views of the Inner Harbor at Alameda and Mount Tamalpais, with towers in the foreground by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed upper left on border. Unframed. Measures ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Trees Over Water Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Stunning modernist painting of trees by the water with reflections by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed "Loran" lower right corner. Unframed. Measures 52"H x 72"W x 2D. Er...
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1980s Modern Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Berkeley Hills Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Dramatic and vibrant abstract acrylic of mountains overlooking Berkeley, California by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Signed lower right "Loran." Presented in a white wood slat fr...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Two sided John Day Painted Desert / Wyoming Mining Hills Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Vivid abstract depicting the John Day Painted Desert in Oregon during spring by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Another equally beautiful painting on verso of the Wyoming mining hi...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Salt Pond Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Striking abstract oil depicting San Francisco Bay salt ponds by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Unframed. Measures 72"H x 52"W x 2"D. Erle Loran was born in Minneapolis, Minnes...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Desert Dreams, 1989 Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Acrylic painting on canvas of the John Day Fossil Beds, John Day Fossil Beds and Painted Desert in Oregon by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), Unframed. Signed lower right "Loran '89...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Summer Mountains, Wyoming Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Bright and vibrant abstract depicting the Wyoming mountains on a summer day by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Measures 52"H x 72"W x 2"D. Erle Loran was born in Minneapolis, Minn...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Rocky Image II Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Abstract titled "Rock Image II" by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Erle Loran was a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Signed lower right "Loran '71." Unf...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Mountains and High Desert Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Modernist Abstract painting of the Mountains and John Day Painted Desert in Oregon by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Erle Loran was a modernist of urban and coastal views and geom...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Acrylic, Canvas

Yellow Green Lake Abstracted Landscape Watercolor
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Stunning watercolor titled "Yellow Green Lake" by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Erle Loran was a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Signed lower right "...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Rag Paper

Red and White Edges Wyoming Bluffs Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Gorgeous abstract by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Circa 1980. Erle Loran was a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Estate signed on verso. Unframed. Mea...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Flat Top Mountain Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Gorgeous burst of blue behind a flat top mountain with splashes of orange by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Erle Loran was a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric pai...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper, Rag Paper

Sunrise Glow on the Bay Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Gorgeous colors in this abstract of the sunrise on the bay by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Signed on verso. Presen...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Sierra County Abstracted Landscape Watercolor
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Watercolor titled "Sierra Country" by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), 1984. Erle Loran was a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Presented in a painted met...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

Peaks Near Malakoff Diggins 1 Abstracted Landscape Watercolor
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Exquisite and vivid watercolor by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999) titled "Peaks Near Malakoff Diggins 1." Erle Loran was a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric paintin...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper, Rag Paper

San Francisco Salt Flats by Erle Loran
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful blue and yellow abstract of the San Francisco salt flats by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Unframed. Estate signed on verso. Measures 47"H x 36"W x 2"D. Erle Loran was ...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Formations
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Mid-century lithograph titled "Formations" by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Edition number 1/20. Signed and dated "Erle Loran '64" with edition number lower left corner. Presen...
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1960s Abstract Erle Loran Art

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Ink, Archival Paper, Lithograph

Cliffside Abstract Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Acyrlic abstract landscape titled "Cliffside" by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Circa 1980. Signed lower right "Lor...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Linen, Acrylic

Wyoming Abstract #1
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Abstract painting of Wyoming Hills by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Erle Loran was a modernist of urban-coast views...
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1980s Abstract Impressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Rocky Derivation Wyoming Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Stunning lavender, blue and pink abstract titled Rocky Derivation by listed artist Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Circa 1983-86. Signed and titled on verso. Presented in a rustic ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Boulders and Trees
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Vivid watercolor titled Boulders and Trees by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed lower right "Loran '77". Titled "Boulders and Trees" and dated "1977" on verso. Presented in a ...
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1970s Modern Erle Loran Art

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Watercolor, Archival Paper

Wyoming Abstract Landscape #3
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful abstract by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999) of the Wyoming "Gold Diggins". Signed lower right "Loran '80." Unframed. Erle Loran was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 19...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Bay Area Mountains Abstract Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful painting of mountains surrounding San Francisco Bay Area by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Estate stamp on verso. Unfrarmed. Image, 60"H x 52"W. Erle Loran was a modern...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Tidal Planes Salt Ponds of San Francisco Bay Abstract
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful abstract titled Tidal Planes by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Beautiful painting of mountains surrounding San Francisco Bay Area by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Si...
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1970s Modern Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Tidal Formations San Francisco Bay Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
San Francisco Bay Area acrylic painting, Tidal Formations, by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999), a modernist of urban and coastal views and geometric painting. Signed lower right "Lor...
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Spring Mountain View, Painted Desert Oregon Abstracted Landscape
By Erle Loran
Located in Soquel, CA
Substantial and exceptional Cezanne inspired of Spring Mountain scene of the John Day Fossil Beds and Painted Desert in Oregon by Erle Loran (American, 1905-1999). Signed lower right...
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1970s American Modern Erle Loran Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

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