"When the Cows Come Home," by Charles Fries


This painting depicts five cows and a man in a field.  Born in Ohio in 1854, Charles Fries spent his life primarily as a painter and lithographer.  He studied lithography and portraiture in Cincinnati, and working from a studio, he traveled and sketched throughout the Southwest.  He later moved his studio to New York City and enjoyed success as an illustrator and portraitist. 

In 1896, he and his family headed west and upon arriving in Southern California, temporarily lived in the ruins of the then un-restored mission at San Juan Capistrano.  The family eventually settled in San Diego, where he remained active in the art world until his death in 1940.

LOCATION: County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, 4th Floor, Clerk of the Board Meeting Room 402

Details: 30" X 36", dated 8/06/36, Labeled "Picture #31, Project #2324", Asset #82284