Fred M. Sersen: “Griffith Park 1923” sold P934

Oil on board, plein air depiction of Griffith Park, dated 1923. Just beautiful. With frame, 16″w x 12.5″h; image 13″w x 10″h.

Price on request.

Fred Sersen (1890 –1962)  Born in Vaseli (now in the Czech Republic), Fred Sersen was seventeen when he immigrated to the United States and by 1916, took up permanent residence in the Los Angeles area. He studied at the Portland Art Academy, Mark Hopkins Institute of Art (San Francisco), and the Los Angeles School of Art.

Sersen is best known for his work in the film business. He started as a scenic artist at the Twentieth Century-Fox Studios and eventually became head of their special effects department. Most of the large watercolors he produced for the film industry were photorealistic works which, when photographed and incorporated into the action sequences, appeared to be actual scenes. He was nominated for nine Academy Awards and received two Oscars for motion picture work (for Special Effects, for The Rains Came in 1940 and Crash Dive in 1944).

The subjects of his oils and watercolors include city scenes, coastals, and the desert near Borrego Springs where he had a second home.