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Spring Rain, Valley Ford
oil on linen, 20 x 27
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Sunset Fire, Pt. Lobos
oil on canvasboard, 9 x 12

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"Jules Tavernier: Artist
and Adventurer"
at Sacramento's Crocker

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French Cartoonist Dominique
Bertail's Thoughts on
Swinnerton's Desert

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Jules Tavernier:
Artist and Adventurer
now at Sacramento's Crocker Museum

Jules Tavernier died at age 45, and of that brief life span, he spent just ten years in San Francisco. His life could well have been a template for Jack London's famous wish, for Tavernier's life seems as if it were a "superb meteor, every atom in magnificent glow."

Jules Tavernier 1844-1889
A great read ... Jules Tavernier, Artist and Adventurer
Essays by Claudine Chalmers, Scott A. Shields, and Alfred C. Harrison Jr. Available through the Crocker Museum

During his ten years in California, Tavernier became one of San Francisco's greatest painters, and his Bohemian lifestyle made him a San Francisco legend for the ages.

Jules arrived in San Francisco in 1874 at the young age of 30. He had come across the continent from New York by working as an illustrator and artist for

White Man's Weapon 1880
State Museum of Art, Orange, TX

Harper's Weekly along with fellow French artist Paul Frenzeny.

During their year-long trek Westward, Tavernier created 100 illustrations of frontier life. His sketchbooks served him well in later years as he continued to produce paintings of the West and its Indian inhabitants. Today, some of these images are among the very best and noble we have of Native American cultures.

A Balloon in Mid Air, 1875, Private Collection

Prior to New York, he had spent a brief time in London as an illustrator after having left his native France. He was born in Paris in 1844 and trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. As a twenty-one year old, two of his paintings were accepted into the Paris Salon in 1865. When Paris was besieged by the Prussians in 1870, Tavernier served in the French army as an artist-correspondent. After the armistice in 1871, he worked as an illustrator in London. A year later, he crossed the Atlantic for New York.

In San Francisco, the talented young Tavernier was successful and popular. Jerome Hart explained Tavernier's talent this way, "He could do anything with a brush -- or without a brush, for he could paint with his spatulated thumb. His brain worked like lightening, and when he was taken in travail with an idea, his wonderful hands -- for he sometimes painted with both of them -- strove to keep up with his electric brain."

Jules Tavernier, Marin Sunset, back of Petaluma, early 1880's
Crocker Museum Collection
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Canada Honda, 1875
Collection of Linda and Ron Borgman

His personality was as striking and unique as was his artistic talent. He was said to have been "free born, unconventional as the wind, ignorer of public opinion, generous, interesting, erratic, improvident, high strung-- all of these things he was in the superlative." He loved to make speeches, and when agitated, he would mix his newly acquired English with his native French, speaking at an astonishing rate, said by one reporter to approach 300 words per minute. He lived by rules, never letting business interfere with pleasure, and never doing today what could be put off until tomorrow. He was renowned for not paying his bills. Although he earned high sums for his paintings, his taste for entertaining friends consumed more than he made.

His life style worked well enough for him until his creditors' pursuit of him was becoming an overwhelming threat. He finally fell upon a solution, to sail out of the country to Hawaii and escape his creditors' reach. In 1884 he sailed for the Islands. Once there, he expressed himself artistically painting the islands like they had never been painted before. He also was among the first to capture the majesty and mystery of Kilauea, becoming a founder of the Hawaiian Volcano School of painting. His images of the Halemaumau caldera, molten lava fiery and red reflected above layers of steam and escaping gases, captured the feel the island's creative force.

Artist's Reverie (Dreams at Twilight) 1876
Collection of Oscar and Trudy Lemer

Tavernier ended up trapped in Hawaii because he became indebted to new creditors there, and was prohibited by law to depart. By 1888, Tavernier's health was less than what it should have been. He was bothered by his asthma, and to counter its effects, he vacationed for several weeks with David Hitchcock on his family ranch in the mountains above Hilo. But as his health deteriorated, so did his ability to create great landscape paintings.

Volcano at Night, 1885-89, Honolulu Museum of Art

His fingers would shake as he tried to paint. In his final days, he sold some of his paintings in Peacock's liquor store just underneath his studio on Merchant Street in Honolulu. He also taught painting classes to help cover his expenses.

On May 18, 1889, after having hosted visitors early in the day, Jules Tavernier was found dead in his studio due to a heart attack. A contributing factor to his heart problems was his alcoholism. As was typical in the tropics, his funeral was held late in the day of his death. In 1890, The Bohemian Club in San Francisco had a large monument erected over his grave in Nu'uanu Memorial Park.

Wailuku Falls, 1887 Honolulu Museum of Art
Sunrise Over Diamond Head
, 1988, Honolulu Academy of Art

This past January, we featured an article from the San Francisco Call in 1911 (22 years after the artist's death) regarding Tavernier and his studio stove.

In February of 2010, we wrote an article about Hawaii's Volcano School, showing examples of Kilauea paintings by Tavernier, David Hitchcock, Earnst William Christmas, Charles Furneaux, Ogura Yonesuke Itoh, Edouardo Lefebvre Scovell, William Pinkney Toler, Harry Cassie Best, and a very late enrollee into the school in 1968, California Desert painter, John W.

John W Hilton Nascent Lava 1968
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
- now on exhibit
John W. Hilton's Nascent Lava, 1968, oil on masonite, 20 x 34
Hilton. For a sampling of Tavernier's talent and marvelous life, visit the Crocker Museum soon. The exhibition ends May 11.
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
January 2014
Jules Tavernier Sketch Portrait
Jules Tavernier coming soon to
the Crocker & The Romantic
Life Story of His Studio Stove
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly, February 2010
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Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater
Home of the Volcano School
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Dominique Bertail's "Chamza,"
heroine of his popular Ghost Money Comic
French Cartoonist Dominique Bertail's
thoughts on Swinnerton's Desert

from "Bertrail preche pour le desert de Swinnerton," Casemate Magazine February 2014

Imagine our surprise. Our gallery was recently approached by Frederic Vidal, Chief editor for Casemate, a French magazine specializing in comics, design and art. He told us a famous author of French comics, Dominique Bertail, wished to comment on Jimmy Swinnerton's "Smoke Tree Wash."

We agreed to help. We submitted a photo of Swinnerton's painting suitable for publication.

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A couple of months later, our mailbox contained two copies of the February issue of "Casemate." Following is some biographical information regarding Dominique Bertail, and our best loose translation of Dominique Bertail's comments.

Dominique Bertail's perspective on Western art is quite helpful for us. Off the cuff, most Americans believe fine art painting and cartooning are art forms cut from different cloth. But Dominique Bertail sees no such distinction. For him, the elements of form, composition and color are found in both. As he interprets Swinnerton's Smoke Tree Wash, he explains how this painting contains some of the same artistic talent Swinnerton used so effectively in his pioneering cartoons.

Dominique works on a sketch book while sitting at an outdoor cafe

Dominique Bertail was born in Tours in 1972 and is a well known French cartoonist and comic author. As a child, he was passionate about comics and enrolled at the Beaux-Arts of Angouleme. There he met Thierry Smolderen and worked with him on The Hell of Pelgram. Since then, his career has blossomed. He is author of L'Homme Tableau (2000) and L'Homme Nuit (2002.) Apart from authoring comics, he works as an illustrator and a cinematic storyboard artist.

Dominique Bertail was interviewed for Casemate Magazine by Jean-Christophe Ogier. Following are excerpts of his interview.

Why James Swinnerton and Smoke Tree Wash?

Bertail: I'd love to see the original of this painting. I have enjoyed Swinnerton's stories of little Indian children, his Canyon Kiddies, who lived in wild west landscapes.

Click the cover of Casemate Magazine and link to enlarged photos of the magazine's cover and the article.
James Swinnerton Mittens at Sunrise 1936
James Swinerton, Mittens at Sunrise, 1936

Why does Swinnerton fascinate you?

His impressionistic colors remind me of the work of David Hockney. Swinnerton paid attention to detail, and his ratio for this painting is the same he used in his comics. He was one of the founders of the American comic strip along with Richard Felton Outcault and the Yellow Kid, Frederick Burr Opper who created Happy Hooligan and Rudoph Dirks, the author of the Katzenjammer Kids. All of these pioneering cartoonists worked for the New York newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst.

When Jimmy Swinnerton developed a case of tuberculosis, Jimmy, at the

behest of his boss, moved to the dry desert air. At the time, he had only a few months to live. He invited his friend George Herriman, another master of the American comic who created Krazy Kat, to join him. There, they painted and captured the color and light of the desert.

It was these colors and light that John Ford would use for his large landscape backgrounds in his Western films.

When did you discover Swinnerton?

A scene from John Ford's Stagecoach, 1939
James Swinnerton and Bill Bender at the Wetherill-Coville Guest Ranch Keyenta AZ
James Swinnerton and his friend Clyde Coville
at the Weatherill-Coville Guest Ranch
in 1922, Keyenta, AZ photo from
Gary Fillmore's book, Shadows on the Mesa

Some years ago when I was studying under Thierry Smolderen, we were asked to discover the origins of the comic book and write about notable designers. It was the beginning of the internet. Because of the internet, I learned of the work of Swinnerton. During my travels in America, I went on a pilgrimage to Monument Valley, I saw the very studio used by Swinnerton and Herriman. On the road to Flagstaff at the Weatherford Hotel (this would be the Wetherill-Colville Guest Ranch in Kayenta, Arizona) where he had lived, I fell on one of Swinnerton's paintings. I was impressed by this lovely painting with desert light, as palpable as Frederic Remington, the American painter of Indians. With Swinnerton's cartoonist side, he maintains a very human relationship with plants.

Every tree seems to exist as one of his "Kiddies" from one of his Canyon Kiddies cartoons. Observe the smoke trees, these little blue-gray trees backed by red mountains. It is similar to two characters waiting at the waters edge. Its as if we're invited to get to know each of these bushes, to spend some time in the desert with them. Swinnerton probably meant it that way.

Will I sometimes find these characters in his landscapes?

A frame from Dominique's Ghost Money comics,
featuring desert hills, plants and rocks in a Swinnerton style

Always. The only trace of animal life is at the bottom of the canvas. To the right of the two stones that occupy the center of the table, the desert floor has footprints of a small animal. It is as if Swinnerton is inviting us to burrow in.

How do you analyze the composition of the picture?

It shows Swinnerton's double pleasure in the desert. On the left, he shows the mountains. Compositionally, you think of the

Jimmy Swinnerton Smoke Tree Wash
Jimmy Swinnerton's Smoke Tree Wash
Available and on display at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

work of Hockney. On the right, the depth of the desert out of sight. A third pleasure is the river, rarely with water in this place. When one comes upon this place, we are faced with a peaceful moment, and behold a small community of plants.

And the small community of stones?

All the actors in this scene are arrested in their pose. Time is suspended. There is a communion between the vegetable and mineral worlds. Swinnerton was 30 years old when he was waiting to die, and found sweetness in the desert. He died at age 98. All his desert years were experienced as a bonus. His style of painting evolved little between 1920 and 1950, as if time itself had stopped.

How do you define the light of the desert?

It appears to be 2 or 3 in the afternoon. The sky is blue turquoise. In the desert, the color of the rocks is particular. Violet at the back-end, red at the middle level, gray in the foreground. Each mountain has its own color, very vivid. This is pure painting. Part of this region is called the Painted Desert! It is for these colors and the light that John Ford turned to for his

landscapes. This area of the West blends the cultures of the Hopi Indians and the Spanish. In Flagstaff, the writer Zane Grey, specialist of the American western, occupied a room in the same hotel as Swinnerton. As soon as I can, I will go there.

You're also attracted to wild places?

For two years, I worked on a farm in South Armenia, the Karabakh side, not far from the border with Azerbaijan. I kept flocks, a horse, and cows grazed freely there. It was one of those places that do not belong to anyone, private property does not exist. It was a little like that in the American West during the early 20th century, before barbed wire. There was a feeling of absolute freedom and beauty in infinite landscapes. Today, you can still find that feeling in Monument Valley. There are few people there, the sun is burning and water is scarce. In this hostile territory, there is potential danger which paradoxically invigorates you to win. You realize the value of life.

Jimmy Swinnerton
Previous articles featuring Jimmy Swinnerton from Bodega Bay Herotage Gallery archives.
August 2013
Jimmy Swinnerton Desert Magazine 1940
"Jimmy Swinnerton: Nature is
His Teacher"
by John W. Hilton,
Desert Magazine 1941
May 2012
Jimmy Swinnerton Listens to the Radio
Jimmy Swinnerton in his
own voice: an Armed Forces
short-wave interview, 1963
September 2011
John W Hilton provining a painting for Ike's Oval Office Jan 1957
John W. Hilton Recalls Mentors & Life-long friends, Jimmy Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe & Nicolai Fechin
January 2010
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21 yr old Jimmy Swinnerton,
humorously portrayed,
The San Francisco
Feb. 21, 1896
March 2009
James Swinnerton
Jimmy Swinnerton's
Little Jimmy & Canyon Kiddies in Animated Cartoons
Casemate Magazine's Site | Casemate's February 2014 issue | Gary Fillmore's book, Shadows on the Mesa |
Jimmy Swinnerton's page on our site
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The National Gallery, Washington DC
The East Building by architect I. M. Pei
Intimate Impressions from the National Gallery of Art
at the Legion of Honor, through Aug 3

While the National Gallery's East Building is closed for renovation, 70 of their impressionist and post impressionist paintings are spending the summer at San Francisco's Legion of Honor. Along with the Legion's own permanent collection, this exhibition promises to be a delight for art loving visitors to the Legion of Honor.

On view will be works from late 19th and early 20th century painters including Eugene Boudin, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Vincent Van Gogh, and Edouard Vuillard.

In 1862, four young Parisian artists began studying with Charles Gleyre: Alfred Sisley, Frederic Bazille, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. In the early 1860's, these young artists struggled to get enough money to buy paint. Due to the political climate, none of these artists gained a foothold until after the Franco-Prussian War. During their younger days, they served as each other's model. Here in Claude Monet Reading 1872, a youthful dark bearded Monet is painted by Renoir, smoke rising from a pipe while reading a newspaper.

Vincent Van Gogh enjoyed painting flowers. He is most famous for his renditions of sunflowers and purple iris. In 1883, he painted this scene of Flower Beds in Holland 1883, patches of tulips providing a delightful splash of multi colored brilliance contrasted with the otherwise dark clouded skies and brown shadowed buildings of Holland.

Van Gogh's friend Paul Gauguin was a leader-member of the post impressionists and was quite influential in the French avant-garde. In 1888, he and Van Gogh spent nine weeks together in the Yellow House painting in Arles.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir's portrait
Claude Monet Reading, 1872

Vincent Van Gogh, Flowerbeds in Holland 1883

Paul Gauguin,
Self Portrait dedicated to Carriere 1888-89

His Self Portrait dedicated to Carriere is from this period, and shows a youthful Gauguin vigorous and able. This portrait was given to his artist friend Eugene Carriere. Gauguin used color to express emotion to capture the inner self. Gauguin sailed for Tahiti

in 1891 and died in the South Pacific in 1903.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Madame Henriot 1876 is a portrait of the actress Henrietta Henriot. That was her stage name. She also was Renoir's favorite model during the 1870's, being the subject of at least eleven of his paintings between 1874 and 1876. This is the only painting which Henrietta herself owned. Renoir renders her with a "confident and demure persona," shown through her warm direct gaze.

Artist's Sister at a Window by Berthe Morisot is a painting of her older sister Edma, painted the same year she was married. Nearly five

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Madame Henriot 1876
Berthe Morisot Artist's Sister at a Window, 1869

Jean Baptist Camille Corot The Artist's Studio 1868

years later, Berthe married Eugene Manet, the brother of artist Edouard Manet. Both Berthe and Edma studied painting with Camille Corot.

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot is most known for his plein air landscapes, but is also known for his figure studies. He often used family members as models using various settings and costumes. In The Artist's Studio, Corot shows a young woman sitting at an easel warmed by a wood stove with an attentive studio dog wanting attention. On the wall are some small paintings including the portrait of a woman.

Edouard Vuillard, The Yellow Curtain, 1893

In the final stage of the exhibition is Edouard Vuillard's The Yellow Curtain. The subject is Vuillard's mother who is glancing at herself in a bedroom mirror during a private moment. Vuillard was one of the group known as the Nabis, Hebrew for "prophet." They experimented with works which represented psychological states.

Intimate Impressions from the National Gallery
at the Legion of Honor

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News from our Gallery

Our Gallery Hours are from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Wednesday through Sunday. We are also available for scheduled appointments, especially for those who wish to view the gallery on Mondays or Tuesdays. Please call Dan at the gallery and schedule a visit, or call him on his cellphone, 510-414-9821.

The Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival 2014 will occur April 26 and 27. With pride, we're pleased to announce that this year's poster art is by own watercolor artist, Jean Warren. Stop by the gallery and see some more of her marvelous wonders and ask for the postcard, and at Fishfest acquire a tee shirt or sweat shirt bearing a Jean Warren painting. There will be a Local Artists Tent at this popular charity event, organized by well-known watercolorist Wanda McManus. Fishfest Website

2014 Fish Fest Poster Artwork by Jean Warren
Coit Tower's restoration is moving along aiming for a re-opening sometime after mid April. The building has received major roofing and waterproofing work and a team of art restoration experts are completing work on the many colorful WPA Depression Era murals on the inside walls. Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's local painters will be on exhibit at the Gallery this summer. Linda Sorensen's oil landscapes and seascapes will be featured in our main gallery during May and June. Jean Warren's Watercolors will take center stage during July and August. Stay tuned for details.

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What's showing in Bodega Bay?
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1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Celebrating Early California, Western and American Art
- original paintings by famous artists of the past
Now showing ... "A Sampling of our Collection", Spring 2014
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The Ren Brown Collection
The Way of the Brush ...
Ikezaki, Yoshio - Yoshikawa, Fumiyo - Yabumoto, Tomiko - Longo -Chiomi | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery

Local Color Artist Gallery
Paintings by Diana Majumder
Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 |
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What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Christopher Queen Gallery

IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
The Frugal Collector

3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"Free Flight Whimsy"
Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

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BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi NOW IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery |
* Dennis has recently relocated his unique gallery to Santa Rosa.
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070

Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork. |Back to the Top
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Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
now showing ... Stanley William Hayter and the influence of Atelier

The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Linda Ratzlaff

IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

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17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
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 (707) 473-9600  |
132 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Tues - Fri 10 to 6, Sat 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 4
Opening March 8 - May 4, Gordon Onslow Ford, John Anderson, and Robert Percy
Show opening, Saturday March 8 6-9 PM
A panel discussion is scheduled for Sunday, April 20, 3-5 pm

john Anderson
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IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level.
If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at, 101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097 | Back to the Top

Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community

Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
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Lee Youngman
IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992) | Back to the Top
Left ... Lee Youngman, Right ... Paul Yougman

Paul Youngman
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Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art


The Greater Bay Area

The Walt Disney Family Museum
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129
-- view location on Google Maps


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de Young Museum
Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George
through May 11
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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings

Intimate Impressions from the National Gallery
through August 3
Matisse from SFMOMA, through Sept 7

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Arthur Szyk and the art of the Haggadah
through Jun 29

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Oakland Museum of California

Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape
through Jul 13
ongoing Gallery of California Art
-showcasing over 800 works from the OMCA's collection

-A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco through Jun 29

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San Francisco

Currently closed for a major expansion

Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum
Precious Cargo: California Indian Cradle Baskets
and Childbirth Traditions
through June 1

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

"Starry Starry Night"
through Apr 27

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Hearst Art Gallery

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen

Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 954
Exceptional Artists of Sonoma County
through Apr 27
(707) 939-7862

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Grace Hudson Museum

John Muir's Botanical Legacy
-Mar 29 through May 25 ... Mendocino County 
Art Association turns 60

Grace Hudson Museum Bolinas
Bolinas Museum

featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch, Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby, Russell Chatham, Alfred Farnsworth.
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Walnut Creek
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts

Sky, a national juried exhibition
through May 25 

Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000 20th & 21st century artworks including paintings, sculpture, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.

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Monterey Museum of Art
5 Decades of California Contemporary Painting
through Sep 22
Jules Tavernier; Artist and Adventurer
Jun 6 - Oct 20

Monterey Museum of Art

Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection

Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Crocker Art Museum
Permanent Collection
Jules Tavernier, Artist and Adventurer

through May 11 Sacramento
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

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Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum

"if you've not visited yet, you must go!"
-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
-Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
(Norman Rockwell's mentor)
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Southern California (and Arizona)

Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures from the colonial period to World War II— a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
The Irvine Museum
California Impressionism
through Jan 9, 2014
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Degas to Chagall:
Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation
and the Collection of Michael Armand Hammer
... exhibition ongoing

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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The Huntington Library

American Art Collection

Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, William Keith, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton and many more.

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena

Norton Simon Museum

-Permanent collection, European paintings

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Museum of California Art

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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89
& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music
through May 11

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings

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Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
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New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art

The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York