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The Outsiders

Henrietta Shore (1880-1963)
Mount Wilson
Oil on canvas
21 x 33 inches

Modernism in California, 1920-1940 The plein-air style was the most popular art style in the southern California art community from about 1895 to 1930. The California Art Club, founded in 1909 and still very active today, was made up exclusively of traditional-style painters and sculptors. Major annual exhibitions held at the Los Angeles Museum of Art and History accepted only work in traditional representational styles. So strong was the domination of the landscape painters on early twentieth century art that anyone not painting in that manner was, in effect, considered an "Outsider."

Suggested Books

  • American Scene Painting: California 1930's and 1940's
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