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Past Exhibition:

Masterpieces of California Art

October 15, 2016-January 19, 2017


Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937)
Balboa Park, 1916
Oil on canvas
14 x 10.5 inches
Private Collection



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The Irvine Museum presents Masterpieces of California Art October 15, 2016 through January 19, 2017. The exhibition is a remarkable display of some of the most celebrated works painted in California between 1890 and 1940. This noteworthy exhibition combines works from the collection of The Irvine Museum as well as magnificent paintings from several important private lenders.

Guy Rose (1867-1925), the most important of the California Impressionist painters, will be represented by three spectacular works: The Green Parasol, circa 1909; The Blue House, circa 1910, both painted in Giverny, France; and Laguna Eucalyptus, painted in 1916, the signature painting of his visits to Laguna Beach.

The exhibition features two works by the most prominent painter of Northern California, Arthur F. Mathews (1860-1945). Monterey County Landscape, painted in 1907, is a superb example of the Tonalist style of landscape painting. Characteristic of Northern California art of the late 19th century, Tonalism features primarily the “earth tones” of browns, dark greens and deep golden yellow. Picking Poppies is a charming view of a mother and daughter on a spring-time outing in a field of California Golden Poppies.

Other masterpieces on display are large and significant works by such masters as Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929), Alson S. Clark (1876-1949), Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937), John Frost (1890-1937), Anna Hills (1882-1930), Joseph Kleitsch (1862-1931), Alfred R. Mitchell (1888-1972), Edgar A. Payne (1882-1947), Granville Redmond (1871-1935), Donna N. Schuster (1883-1953), Millard Sheets (1907-1989), Marion K. Wachtel (1870-1954) and several others.

Suggested Books

  • John Frost: A Quiet Mastery
  • Joseph Kleitsch: A Kaleidoscope of Color
  • Franz A. Bishoff: The Life and Art of an American Master

    To see The Irvine Museum's entire collection of high-quality books, cards and prints, please visit the bookstore.
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