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Passive pensive scene with Palos Verdes at the horizon. Seemingly sublime, no?
Harry Mattull paints this seaview from Palisades Park – a popular park precariously placed atop an impermanent bluff, overlying a gully-riddled, hollowed-out badland, caused by wind and water erosion on a steep clay and sandy slope.
Notice how the artist paints out the Coast Boulevard? Romantic.
An early 20th century wasteland at the beach bejeweled by black Southern Pacific railroad tracks leading towards the wharf and a skinny sandy road for the newly popular automobile.
The Coast Boulevard was built over the tracks and road, and then enlarged to 2 to 4 to now 6 lanes below this ancient sand dune and river plain. The beach widened and replenished with sand so that tourism to the beaches became an economy for Los Angeles.