Hanson Duvall Puthuff was a California landscape painter and an important figure in the California art world of the early 20th Century. He was a native of Missouri and lived at various times in Denver and Chicago.
Puthuff started his art education at the Chicago Art Institute and later at the Denver Art School. He returned to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts to finish his academic arts education. His mother was instrumental in his education and in helping him find early success as a commercial artist.
Hanson Duvall Puthuff first arrived in California in 1903. He moved to Los Angeles where he enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist which endured for over twenty years. He worked painting scenes for theaters and painting billboards. In 1926 he decided to dedicate himself full time to his passion for painting landscapes.
Some of his noteworthy works include a series of paintings of the Grand Canyon produced on commission for the Santa Fe Railroad. His California landscapes are considered as among the best of their genre.
Duvall was extremely active in the California art scene and was among the founders of several important arts organizations. He also taught private classes from his studio.