Dana Bartlett was born in Michigan in 1882. He studied at the Art Student’s League under William Merritt Chase and Charles Warren Eaton. He had a studio in Boston and moved to Portland, Oregon working as a commercial artist. He then moved to California, where he displayed his work among fourteen other artists in the first exhibit held by the California Watercolor Society. Bartlett was the President of the California Art Club, as well as the founder and first President of the California Watercolor Society. He had a solo show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 1927. In Los Angeles shortly thereafter Bartlett opened a gallery featuring his artwork along with that of local artists. His painting style embodied the Eucalyptus School in California. He painted nocturnes, landscapes, and European scenes captured during his travels. He taught at the Chouinard Art Institute in addition to retaining active membership in the southern California art community. His work can be found in museums today, including LACMA and the Laguna Beach Museum of Art.
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