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October 2022 Fine Estate Auction

Sun, Oct 23, 2022 02:00PM EDT
Lot 219

Dong Kingman (1911-2000 Chinese-American)

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000
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Dong Kingman (1911-2000 Chinese-American)
'Golden Gate Bridge'

Lithograph on Arches Paper


Signed, numbered in pencil

34in. x 21 1/2in. (84cm. x 54cm.)

Framed: 43in. x 34in. (109cm x 86cm)

Dong Kingman was born in California of Chinese parents. While still a child, he returned with them to China. There, Kingman received art instruction from traditional Chinese watercolorists and Size-To-Wai, a Paris-educated artist who was very knowledgeable about modern art trends. In 1929, Kingman moved back to San Francisco and started producing watercolor paintings depicting Bay Area cityscape subjects.

During the Depression, Kingman did watercolors for the P.W.A. Art Relief project in San Francisco and his works were included in the Frontiers of American Art show.

Kingman's early works featured loose washes, often done using a wet-into-wet technique, with some dry brush calligraphy for definition. His post war works became increasingly complex in subject matter and usually had a geometric, abstractionist look. Between 1945 and 1965, he painted a large number of outstanding cityscape watercolors of New York City and San Francisco.

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