|California Light: A Century of Landscapes
by Jean Stern, Molly Siple – Hardcover: 276 pages, Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; 1st edition (April 12, 2011) Best Seller
A first-of-its-kind celebration of the California Art Club, a society whose members have for one hundred years captured California’s staggeringly beautiful landscapes in resplendent plein air paintings.
Artists at Continent's End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907
by Scott A. Shields – Paperback: 357 pages; Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (April 17, 2006)
Few regions rival the magnificence of California's Monterey Peninsula. This beauty, together with a mild climate, rich history, and simplicity of lifestyle, encouraged the development of one of the nation’s foremost art colonies. From 1875 to the first years of the twentieth century, artists were drawn to the towns of Monterey, Pacific Grove, and then Carmel. Artists at Continent's End is the first in-depth examination of the importance of the Monterey Peninsula, which during this period came to epitomize California art. Beautifully illustrated with a wealth of images, including many never before published, this book tells the fascinating story of eight principal protagonists—Jules Tavernier, William Keith, Charles Rollo Peters, Arthur Mathews, Evelyn McCormick, Francis McComas, Gottardo Piazzoni, and photographer Arnold Genthe—and a host of secondary players who together established an enduring artistic legacy.
Society of Six: California Colorists Paperback
: 224 pages Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (March 30, 1997)
Six plein-air painters in Oakland, California, joined together in 1917 to form an association that lasted nearly fifteen years. The Society of Six
Selden Connor Gile, Maurice Logan, William H. Clapp, August F. Gay, Bernard von Eichman, and Louis Siegriestcreated a color-centered modernist idiom that shocked establishment tastes but remains the most advanced painting of its era in Northern California.
by William H. Gerdts, Will South Hardcover, 284 pages, Published by Abbeville Press, Inc., 1998
Lavishly illustrated, meticulously researched, and gracefully written, this definitive study of California's distinctive style of impressionism surveys the movement's sources abroad, its most influential artists, and the critical responses to the style. 248 illustrations, 201 in color.
Artists in California, 1786-1940
Hardcover: 637 pages Publisher: Hughes Pub Co; 2nd edition (June 1, 1989)
Artists in California, 1786-1940, researched and written by Edan Milton Hughes, is now in its third and final edition. Updated, enhanced, and more comprehensive than ever before, the two-volume, 1250 page hardbound set includes detailed biographies of nearly 20,000 early California artists, many of which are represented no where else.
Listings in Hughes Artists in California typically include a succinct, well-written overview of the major events in the artist s life. Listings also include the artist s medium, and field of art, subject matter and general themes, and employment, as well as demographic information such as location and date of birth and demise, exhibitions, associations and memberships. Source documents are noted.
Unlike many other biographical references, Artists in California is readable and entertaining. For example, randomly opening the book to page 398, one finds a number of Freemans including Howard Benton Freeman from Hayward who was a professional bike racing star. He later went on to New York and created the comic strip Doc Lee. There is also Canadian Lillie Littlejohn Freeman who with her husband created the Freeman Art Company in Eureka, moving from San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. She died in 1923 when her car was struck by a train.
The scope of Artists in California is broad as it encompasses artists from around the world who at one time resided in California. Such inclusiveness helps make Artists in California a valuable resource in any reference library.
Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area
by Steven A. Nash (Editor), Bill Berkson, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Corporate Author) Paperback: 250 pages Publisher: University of California Press (June 1, 1995)
The San Francisco Bay Area boasts one of the richest and most continuous traditions of landscape art in the entire country. Looking back over the past one hundred years, the contributors to this in-depth survey consider the diverse range of artists who have been influenced by the region's compelling union of water and land, peaks and valleys, and fog and sunlight. Paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, landscape architecture, earthworks, conceptual art, and designs in city planning and architecture are all represented. The diversity reflects not just the glories of nature but also an exploration of what constitutes "landscape" in its broadest, most complete sense. Among the more than two hundred works of art are those by well-known artists and designers such as Bernard Maybeck, Diego Rivera, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown, Lawrence Halprin, and Christo. Lesser-known artists are here as well, resulting in an exceptional array of approaches to the natural environment. The essays also explore key themes in the Bay Area's landscape art tradition, including the ethnic perspectives that have played an essential role in the region's art. The inexhaustible ability of the land to stimulate different personal meanings is made clear in this volume, and the effect yields a deeper understanding of how art can shape our lives in ways both spiritual and practical, how the landscape without constantly merges with the landscape within. Published in association with The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Plein Air Painters of California, the Southland
by Ruth Lilly Westphal Hardcover (October 1982) Westphal Pub
This book presents biographical information on 37 artists who painted plein air scenes of Southern California, mostly in the Impressionist style, between 1890 and 1940. The artists are grouped according to which art colony or city they are primarily associated with (Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and San Diego) and there are essays about the art communities in each. In each artists section there is a photograph or painted portrait of the artist and a quick reference to training, studio locations, residences in California, memberships, awards and public collections. The biographies are very well written and provide satisfyingly detailed character sketches of each artist as well as stylistic analysis. Additionally, there are two articles by experts Nancy Moure and Jean Stern that introduce the basic concepts behind these artists work and help the reader to look at them from two different perspectives. Moure discusses the meaning of the terms Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and whether they can be applied to the California plein air painters, and Stern discusses the origins of Impressionism in France and its importation to America and Southern California. This is one of the earlier, but still best-written and most useful of all the many books now available on this subject. The convenient organization of the material and generous reproductions of typical works by each artist will be appreciated equally by, as the jacket says, the neophyte as well as the sophisticated collector, curator or art historian.
by Susan Landauer (Editor), Donald D. Keyes, Jean Stern - Paperback
Published by University of California Press, 1996 Best Seller
The years around the turn of the century were a dynamic time in American art. Different and seemingly contradictory movements were evolving, and the dominant style that emerged during this period was Impressionism. Based in part on the broken brushwork and high-keyed palette of Claude Monet, it was a form especially suited to the dramatic landscape and shimmering light of California.
American Impressionism grew in popularity as artists from across the nation migrated to the Golden State. There they created a remarkable style, often referred to as California plein-air painting, combining several aspects of American and European art and capturing the brilliant mix of color and light that defined California.
This book celebrates forty Impressionist painters who worked in California from 1900 through the beginning of the Great Depression. A joint effort of The Irvine Museum and the Georgia Museum of Art, it includes widely recognized California artists such as Maurice Braun and Guy Rose, less well known artists such as Mary DeNeale Morgan and Donna Schuster, and eastern painters who worked briefly in the region, such as Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase.
The contributors' essays examine the socioeconomic forces that shaped this art movement, as well as the ways in which the art reflected California's self- cultivated image as a healthful, sun-splashed arcadia. Beautifully illustrated, with 72 full-color plates, California Impressionists recreates the vibrant splendor of a unique period in American art.
California: This Golden Land of Promise
by Joan Irvine Smith, Jean Stern – Hardcover: 365 pages; Publisher: The Irvine Museum; 1st edition (2001)
405 color illustrations and 88 black and white illustrations. California's rich and colorful past comes to life in this book, a fascinating narrative illustrated by close to 500 works of art and historical photographs. This volume presents California's early and often-tumultuous history, from the first appearance of Native Americans up to 14,000 years ago through the period that followed California's entry into statehood in 1850.
Paintings of California
by Arnold Skolnick (Contributor), Ilene Susan Fort Paperback, 128 pages Reprint edition (October 1997) Univ California Press
Full-color reproductions of landscape paintings by Albert Bierstadt, George Innes, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, David Hockney, and other notable artistsaccompanied by prose and poetrycapture the diverse landscapes of California. 100 full-color illustrations.
ASARO: A New Romanticism
by Robert Perine Hardcover (February 1992)
This book is a biography of the life of the artist John Asaro with over 100 full color reprductions of his watercolors and oils. This covers over 30 years of his life and work (1960-1992). The reproductions include landscapes, dancers, beach scenes, nudes, women and children.
Masters of Light: Plein-Air Painting in California 1890-1930
by John Stern & William H. Gerdts (Author) – Hardcover Publisher: Irvine Museum (2002)
Mounted as the first exhibition of California Impressionist paintings, the Irvine Museum exhibit drew record crowds in Paris and throughout Europe. This book contains some of the very best work of 58 California artists, some of whom studied in France including Alson Clark, Alfred Mitchell, Guy Rose, William Ritschel and many others. 200 pages, 110 color illustrations.
California Art: 450 Years of Painting & Other Media
by Nancy D. Wallmoure, Nancy Dustin Wall Moure Hardcover, 590 pages 1 edition (November 15, 1998) Dustin Pubns
560 pps., 475+ color illus; 50+ black and whites; bibliography. A history of the styles of California Art from the time of the first explorers to the present day.
Plein Air Painters of California the North
by Ruth Lilly Westphal (Editor), Janet B. Dominik Hardcover (June 1986) Westphal Pub
This is the companion to Plein Air Painters of California: the Southland
, with the same format and covering artists active during the same time period (the 1890s through the 1930s) as the first book, but dealing with those who lived primarily in Northern California, as far down as Santa Barbara. Also as in the first book, the style of art included here is predominantly Impressionist, though the Japonisme-influenced Tonalism of Gottardo Piazzoni and the Post-Impressionism of the Society of Six represent the broader range of styles that the painters from San Francisco and its environs worked in. With a history of well-established art schools, artists associations, and museums, these artists had a much firmer foundation of regional tradition to build upon (or react against) than did their counterparts in Los Angeles, which was still struggling to establish itself as a cultural center.
However, as Ruth Westphal points out in her introduction, one of the things that all of these 27 artists had in common with each other and with their fellow artists in the South was that though their work was eclipsed at the beginning of World War II by the rise of non-representational art such as Cubism and Abstract Expressionism, it is modern in that it shows bold experimentation with color and it embodied (each) painters emotional, intuitive response to his or her world. Among those included are Emil Carlsen, Colin Campbell Cooper, E. Charlton Fortune, John Gamble, Armin Hansen, Arthur and Lucia Mathews, Jules Pages, and Joseph Raphael.