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Art of the American Spirit: A Practical Introduction to American and California Painting


 

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A Practical Introduction to American and California Painting

Art of the American Spirit: A Practical Introduction to American and California Painting

ABOUT THE EXPERT

Scot Levitt, Director of American and California Paintings for Butterfields, began developing an appreciation for art early, helped along by exposure to some of Europe's greatest museums while on childhood trips with his family.

Levitt did his undergraduate work at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. From there, he went on to become the director of a prominent gallery in Colorado Springs, and then to London, where he spent a year studying with Sotheby's Works of Art program.

Levitt joined Butterfields in 1984, working first in San Francisco and then in Los Angeles. As director of American and California Paintings, Levitt has helped to established Butterfields as one of the nation's top resources for California artwork.

As a collector, Levitt looks for a variety of examples of American artwork. "I look for good quality that I can afford, which means the $2,000-and-under category," Levitt says. "It is not always easy to find those treasures, but it can be done. And I spend a lot of time trying!"

For more background on American painting, Levitt recommends the "Art Across America" series of books by William Gerdts. Many of these illustrated volumes, which explore both historical and regional schools of American art, are available through the Barnes & Noble Web site. He also suggests that collectors interested in specific artists check the AskArt Web site (www.askart.com), which provides a wealth of information about American painters ranging from biographical data to the latest sales prices for their work.

Scot Levitt, Director of American and California Paintings, Butterfields

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