Southern Pacific - Crater Lake, 1927

Southern Pacific – Crater Lake, 1927

Maurice George Logan was born in 1886 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  From a young age – and to the dismay of his father – Logan wanted to become an artist. He took his first lessons at the age of ten and ended up attending art schools in San Francisco and Chicago. After opening a studio in San Francisco in 1915, Logan quickly established himself as a leading commercial artist and illustrator on the West Coast. In the same year, he helped form the “Society of Six,” a group of California painters challenging conventional painting by employing bold colors in combination with a loose impressionist style.

Southern Pacific - Great Salt Lake, 1928

Southern Pacific – Great Salt Lake, 1928

With his commercial success, he was hired by the San Francisco advertising agency Lord & Thomas in 1922 to produce a series of paintings and posters for the Southern Pacific Railroad. This relationship would continue for the next decade during which the talented artist created beautiful, unique artworks of famous parks and attractions in the western United States. Logan’s glorious images of Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Crater Lake or Mt. Shasta were quickly associated in the public’s mind with Southern Pacific Rail.

Southern Pacific - Aristocrat - Overland Limited, ca. 1928

Southern Pacific – Aristocrat – Overland Limited, ca. 1928

While his earlier works were influenced by the German approach to poster design – simplifying the use of form, flat colors, and bold types – most of Logan’s poster works from the late 1920s are characterized perhaps by that loose form of impressionism with bold colors. Logan turned to watercolors in the 1930s and formed another influential art group called the “Thirteen Watercolorists.” He worked as an art instructor at the California College of Arts in Oakland. He lived in Orinda in the San Francisco East Bay where he passed away in 1977.

Southern Pacific - Old Missions, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific – Old Missions, ca. 1936

Many of the posters shown here are part of our 40th poster auction in San Francisco on November 7, 2015. The photos link to the online catalog.

For questions, please feel free to email us or visit us online at posterconnection.com.

November 2015

Southern Pacific - Shasta Route, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific – Shasta Route, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific - See Mexico, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific – See Mexico, ca. 1936

Southern Pacific - Yosemite, 1926

Southern Pacific – Yosemite, 1926

Southern Pacific - Carriso Gorge, 1929

Southern Pacific – Carriso Gorge, 1929

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