Dan Lutz

(1906 - 1978)


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Born in Decatur, Illinois, Dan Lutz studied at the Chicago Art Institute*. In 1931, he received a fellowship to paint in Europe. Then he earned a BFA degree from the University of Southern California and in the 1930s and 40s taught at the Chouinard Art Institute*.

In the 1930s, he developed with opaque watercolors, a bright abstract style that differed from many California artists. He did many Social Realist* paintings of lower class life in Los Angeles and visual interptetations of African-American spirituals.