Louis Oscar Griffith
American, 1875 - 1956
Signed L.O. Griffith, lower left.
This unique painting by Louis Oscar Griffith highlights Chicago's early and innovative role in the advent of American aviation. The painting depicts an atmospheric view of the Modern American city, with the flight of a recently invented airplane circling above a series of towering (and newly constructed) skyscrapers seen along Chicago's famed Michigan Avenue. The painting may depict a scene from the historic Chicago International Aviation Meet of 1911. This important air show, only the second airshow in history, was held in Chicago's scenic Grant Park along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, and was organized by the Aero Club of Illinois. This nine day event attracted more than 30,000 spectators and highlighted the advancements of machine flight and fixed wing aircraft. Many early flight records were set at the event, including Lincoln Beachery's then renowned high altitude flight of 11,642 feet. Louis Oscar Griffith resided in Chicago at the time of this event, painting at the nearby Art Institute.