Houses Near Golden Gate Park S.F. No. 1
"Houses Near Golden Gate Park S.F. No. 1" is a lithograph created about 1935 by the American artist Jennie Lewis (1892-1944). It is pencil signed and titled by the artist and the image measures 9-3/4 x 14" inches. It was published by the California WPA Federal Art Project and was printed by Ray Bertrand in an edition of about 25 proofs on Warren's Oldestyle watermarked wove paper that measures 11-7/8 x 16 inches. This lithograph is listed on page 335 in GSA book of WPA prints.
"Houses Near Golden Gate Park S.F. No.1" depicts a San Francisco streetscape with multistoried houses linked together via unsightly electric lines spanning tall poles. A forest backdrops the houses suggesting that nature's beauty and tranquility are just steps away in Golden Gate Park.
Jennie Lewis, painter and printmaker, was born in San Diego, California in 1892. Her family moved to San Francisco about 1900. She studied with William Merritt Chase at his summer school in Carmel during the summer of 1914, and at the California School of Fine Art in San Francisco with Eric Spencer Mackey and Maynard Dixon and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California with Xavier Martinez. During the mid to late 1930s she produced thirty-two lithographs under the California Federal Art Project. Lewis also had a career with Western Union as a route clerk.
Her work was included in the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 as well as an exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco that same year. A solo exhibition of Lewis’ work was mounted at the Museum of Modern Art in 1940. Because of her work for the WPA, Jennie Lewis is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Newark Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.