Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles

Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles

Ben Messick, Chess Players, c. 1936

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Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Continues through Sept. 24 2017
$5/$7

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Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr.
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
949-494-8971
Ben Messick (1891-1981), a native Missourian, served in France in World War I and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an artist. Celebrated for his images of daily life in Los Angeles during the years of the Great Depression and World War II, the foundation of Messick’s art was drawing, and was known to work either from direct observation or from memory. For the expression and humor he brought to his paintings, drawings, and lithographs of ordinary Angelenos, he has been compared to Honoré Daumier, the keen-eyed chronicler of life in nineteenth-century Paris. A curated collection of Messick’s drawings, lithographs, and works is on display at the Laguna Art Museum, including “Chess Players,” one of his finest paintings.
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