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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
January-February, 2019
an online fine art gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
celebrating Historic California painting

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Joshua Meador Boats in Monterey Large Thumb
Joshua Meador (1911-1965)
Boats in Monterey
Oil on linen, 20 x 27

Paul Gauguin Portrait of the Artist
Paul Gauguin's artistic life with paintings
from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and
Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Now available
at Linda Sorensen's Studio
Linda Sorensen After the Harvest
After the Harvest, 24 x 30
(off Bennett Valley Rd), oil on linen

Paul Gauguin's artistic life, with paintings from
the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
by Daniel Rohlfing
Self Portrait with Hat, 1893-94 Musee d'Orsay
Self Portrait with Hat, 1893-94
Musee d'Orsay
  • Had he not been a gifted painter, Paul Gauguin would have been forgotten to the ages. He died a dissatisfied man, repeatedly unsuccessful in relationships with both friends and family. He lived the life of a decadent French ex-patriot, having rejected any sense of home. In his last days as he neared his 55th birthday, I would like to think there was an introspective moment where he sat on a Marquesan beach at sunset looking back on his life.

  • Maybe he would have thought of his life before painting ...
  • Maybe he recalled his early childhood in Peru where his mother told him of his birth in a far away place called France, and how his father died en route to Peru on the voyage across the great ocean.
  • Or, he could have recalled glimpses of memories he had as a small boy, aboard ship on the return ocean voyage to France and his fascination with the ship's sailors, longing to be like them.
  • He could have thought of his paternal grandfather, growing up with him in Orleans and his days at boarding school while his mother worked as a dressmaker in Paris.
  • And he could have recalled his virile and daring years, when he circled the globe as a sailor in the Merchant Marine and the French Navy, including 13 months aboard the Luzitano, going back and forth between Le Havre and Rio de Janeiro.
  • For a moment, he could have recalled the pain at age 18, reading of his mother's death in a months-old letter from his sister Marie which finally caught up with him in India.
  • But we know of no such moment. Paul had never exhibited any fondness for the past. He rarely exhibited any tolerance for the present. He always seemed fixed on the future, escaping his present circumstance for far away places and adventures.

To the right is a video created for the Tate Britain's Gauguin Exhibition in 2010-2011. The narration is in the first person, quoted from excerpts of Gauguin's letters.

Below is some of what we do know of Paul Gauguin's artistic life, illustrated with his own paintings Linda and I saw this past August at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and paintings we saw in January at Paul Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey at San Francisco's de Young Museum, featuring paintings from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen.

Video created for the Tate Britain's Gauguin Exhibition 2010-2011
Narration is in the first person, quoted from excerpts of Gauguin's letters.

Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek, Copenhagen
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
Houses near the Water, 1874, Paris, or possibly Saint-Cloud, Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Houses near the Water
, 1874, Paris, or possibly Saint-Cloud, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

After his sailing days, Paul arrived in Paris. In 1871 he embarked on the most prosperous and stable portion of his life.

He began working as a stockbroker. For the first time in his life, he was making a good income, secure enough to marry and provide for a family, with sufficient leisure time to begin painting. In 1873, Paul married a Danish woman, Mette-Sophie Gad (1850-1920) resulting in five children.

Because of his new career and his rising financial health, Paul Gauguin had sufficient leisure time to dabble in a hobby, painting. He was self taught with promising talent. He soon made friends a with a new group of painters labeled as "impressionists." From these friendships and lots of hard work, Paul's painting abilities advanced quickly.

Landscape from Viroflay, Paris, 1875 Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Landscape from Viroflay, Paris, 1875
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Sailing Vessel in the Moonlight, 1878, Paris Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Sailing Vessel in the Moonlight
, 1878, Paris
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Paul lived in Paris at 15, rue la Bruyere. Nearby were the cafes frequented by the Impressionists. Paul visited these haunts often and became a friend of Camille Pissarro, an established artist nearly 20 years older. Soon, Paul, along with other young artists, was visiting Pissarro in his garden on Sundays.

Snow at Faugirard I, 1879, Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Snow at Faugirard I
, 1879 (15th arrondissement,Paris), Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Woman Sewing or Nude Study, 1880 Rue Carcel, Paris, Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Woman Sewing
or Nude Study, 1880
(Rue Carcel, Paris) Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Pissarro's garden gatherings gave Paul the opportunity to know other aspiring painters. Acting with passion and determination to pursue painting, Paul purchased a new home, downmarket in a poorer part of town, but this time a house with a large studio.

Garden in Snow, 1883, Rue Carcel, Paris Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Garden in Snow
, 1883, Rue Carcel, Paris
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
The Painter's Family in the Garden, 1881, Rue Carcel, Paris Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
The Painter's Family in the Garden
, 1881, Rue Carcel, Paris
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

As his painting skills improved, Paul began showing his paintings, including at the Impressionist Exhibitions of 1881-82. Although his paintings weren't well received at the time, today they are highly regarded.

Still Life with Flowers, 1882. Paris Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Still Life with Flowers
, 1882. Paris, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Landscape with Tall Trees or Poplar Lined Road Osny (20 mi NW of Paris) , 1883 Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Landscape with Tall Trees
or Poplar Lined Road
Osny (20 mi NW of Paris) , 1883
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

After 11 successful years as a stockbroker, Paul's financial fortunes changed for the worse.

The French stock market crashed, and the art market followed suit. Gauguin lost his stockbroker career and its income, and in response, at the the worst possible time, Paul defiantly and willfully decided to dedicate himself to becoming a full-time artist.

Skaters in Frederiksberg Gardens, 1884, Copenhagen Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Skaters in Frederiksberg Gardens, 1884, Copenhagen
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Osny (about 20 mi NW of Paris) , Mounting Road, 1883, Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Osny (about 20 mi NW of Paris) , Mounting Road, 1883, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

He asked Pissarro for help which Pissarro readily gave. Paul spent the summers of the early 1880's painting with Pissarro and Paul Cezanne. He downsized his expenses drastically and moved his family to Rouen where they could live more cheaply. But his tightening of the purse strings wasn't enough.

By 1884, Mette-Sophie had had enough, and she and the children moved back to her family's home in Copenhagen. In November of 1884, Paul followed, bringing his art collection which for the most part, remained in Denmark and today is the core of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek's Paul Gauguin collection.

Tree Lined Road, Rouen II, 1885, Copenhagen Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Tree Lined Road, Rouen II
, 1885, Copenhagen
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
The Queen's Mill, Ostervold, 1885, Copenhagen Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
The Queen's Mill, Ostervold,
1885, Copenhagen
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Still Life with a Mandollin, 1885 Musee d'Orsay
Still Life with a Mandollin
, 1885
Musee d'Orsay

Paul hated his life in Copenhagen. Just a few years earlier, he had been an upper middle class Parisian gentleman and a promising artist who was an ample provider for his young and vigorous family. Now he was in a foreign land unable or unwilling to learn the Danish language, and dependant on his wife. He was unhappy and disillusioned. His marriage was strained, and Mette-Sophie urged Paul to return to Paris.

Bathing, Dieppe, 1885 Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Bathing, Dieppe
, 1885, on the Normandy Coast
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Washerwoman at Pont-Aven, 1886, Musee d'Orsay
Washerwoman at Pont-Aven
, 1886, Musee d'Orsay

Paul took his bruised ego and artistic dreams back to Paris. He went through the motions, as if he were helping out in bearing his parental responsibilities. He took his son Clovis to Paris while Mette-Sophie remained with the other four children. She worked as a French translator. But Paul's small share of the parental duties faltered. His sister Marie intervened, rescuing her nephew Clovis from Paul's dreamy neglect, even to the extent of paying for Clovis to attend boarding school.

Freed for the entanglements of a wife and children, Paul worked to establish himself as an artist. Always a dreamer, Paul once said, "I paint and dream at the same time." He exhibited 19 paintings at the 8th and last Impressionist Exhibition of 1886. This exhibition established Georges Seurat as the leader of the French avant-garde movement. Paul rejected Seurat's neo-impressionist pointillist technique, and later in the year, he broke off his friendship with Camille Pissarro. The exhibition had a small success. Paul sold a painting to Felix Bracquemond.

Haymaking in Brittany, (Verso, Bouquet of flowers in front of a window to the sea,  double sided canvas), Musee d'Orsay
Haymaking in Brittany, 1888,
(Verso, Bouquet of flowers
in front of a window to the sea, double sided canvas), Musee d'Orsay
Pont-Aven Landscape, 1888, Brittany Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Pont-Aven Landscape
, 1888, Brittany
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Not finding success in Paris, Paul moved to Pont-Aven in 1886, a small town near the French Coast in Brittany. The town was the summer home of a growing number of young artists, and it was inexpensive. Paul, seasoned and older, was popular among the younger painters. Paul's pugilistic temperament and his fencing and boxing skills helped secure his popularity. He became a very good friend of a promising artist, 13 years younger, Charles Laval. Laval was of the "Synthetist School," artists who moved beyond impressionism. They retained natural forms, but allowed artists to express their feelings of the subject, and presenting the subject aesthetically with line-defined form, emphasizing two-dimensional flat patterns and a bold use of pure color.

Breton Women at the Turn, 1888, Brittany Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Breton Women at the Turn
, 1888, Brittany
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Seated Breton Girl, 1889, Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek, Brittany, a coastal region west of Paris
Seated Breton Girl, 1889, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Paul joined with the artists of the Pont-Aven school, including Emile Bernard, Charles Laval and Emile Schuffenecker. Paul felt impressionism had become too imitative and lacked symbolic depth. To inject some life into the art, Paul looked to African and Asian Art, older and more primitive, art which was full of mystic symbolism and life. Paul was not alone in this search. French artists were embracing Japonism. Paul began embracing Cloisonnism (mirroring a medieval enameling technique), exaggerating flat areas of painting with bold color and outline.

Two Children, 1889, done in Paris or Brittany Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Two Children
, 1889, done in Paris or Brittany
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Les Alyscamps (a Roman cemetary outside Arles), 1888, Les Alyscamps
Les Alyscamps
(a Roman cemetery
outside Arles during his brief stay with Vincent Van Gogh), 1888, Musee d'Orsay

In the Summer of 1886, Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval visited Panama and Martinique. A series of mishaps occurred in Panama requiring Paul and Charles to make a swift exit. On the cruise back to France, they stopped on the Caribbean island of Martinique.

On Martinique, Paul developed a taste for island living. He lived in a Negro's hut which suited him, and he spontaneously decided to stay until October, nearly four months.

Paul enjoyed swimming on the beach, and loved the market, especially the women, daughters of former slaves (slavery ended in 1848). These women would come to market, fill their baskets with mangos, guavas and coconuts. Then, placing their baskets atop their heads, gracefully, with swinging hips and arms, balance their load as they walked back to their homes.

Portrait of the Artist with the Yellow Christ, 1890's, Musee d'Orsay
Portrait of the Artist with the Yellow Christ
, 1889 (done in Pont-Aven), Musee d'Orsay
The Beautiful Angel, 1889 Musee d'Orsay
The Beautiful Angel (Breten woman), 1889
Musee d'Orsay
Still Life with Onions and Japanese Woodcut, 1889, Le Pouldu, Brittany Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Still Life with Onions and Japanese Woodcut, 1889, Le Pouldu, Brittany
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Back in France, Vincent Van Gogh saw some of Gauguin's paintings at Arsene Poitier's gallery. Vincent told his brother Theo of them. Vincent and Paul became friends. At Theo Van Gogh's suggestion, in early November of 1888, Paul and Vincent attempted to establish an art colony in the South of France at Arles, influenced by Japanese prints. Despite good intentions, the relationship soured with Gauguin announcing abruptly that he was leaving. Later, the same evening it is believed that Vincent, in a depressed episode, took a razor and severed his left ear. Gauguin left the following day and the two never saw each other again. They continued to correspond, with Paul offering an idea for Vincent to consider ... that the pair establish a joint studio in Antwerp, but nothing became of the idea.

Still Life with Fan, 1889 Musee d'Orsay
Still Life with Fan
, 1889
Musee d'Orsay
Tahitian Woman with a Flower, 1891, Tahiti Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Tahitian Woman with a Flower, 1891, Tahiti
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

In 1891, Paul conceived of a an artistic sojourn to Tahiti, the farthest and most exotic place he could go and still be on French soil. He raised funds with a successful auction of paintings at the Hotel Drouot in February of 1891. After a visit with Mette-Sophie in Copenhagen which proved to be the last time he saw his wife or his children, he set sail for Tahiti in April 1891, arriving in June. He confidently promised to return a wealthy man.

After three months in Papeete, Paul felt the town too expensive and too influenced by European culture to fit his ideals of primitivism. He moved 30 miles away to Mataiea, built a hut and made his studio. From there, Paul sent paintings back to George-Daniel de Monfreid, a friend of his artist friend Emile Schuffenecker. In all, Paul sent nine paintings to Monfreid in Paris. Eventually, they were exhibited in Copenhagen in a joint exhibition with works by the late Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibition was well received. Encouraged, Gauguin arranged to return to Paris with 70 more paintings. Also encouraging his decision to return to Paris was a local doctor's diagnosis of Paul's heart problems. In retrospect, this diagnosis may have been early signs of cardiovascular syphilis.

Tahitian Landscape with four figures, 1891 probably painted in Mataiea on the Tahitian  South Coast. Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Tahitian Landscape with four figures
, 1891
probably painted in Mataiea on the Tahitian
South Coast. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Tahitian Women, 1891, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Tahitian Women
, 1891, Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Paul returned to Paris in August of 1893. He exhibited 40 paintings at the Durand-Ruel gallery, selling 11 of them for large prices. Paul set up an apartment in the Montparnasse district. He conducted a weekly salon greeting guests in Polynesian costume. He had a very public affair with a woman still in her teens, with mixed racial background described as half Malayan and half Indian. At the time, she was known as Annah "the Javanese." Paul also received a 13,000 franc inheritance from his Uncle Isidore.

But brief success in Paris again soured for Paul. Circumstances are not known, but he lost Durand-Ruel's patronage. Next, Paul tried to duplicate his former success at the Hotel Drouot in Paris, but failed. Because Paul refused to share his inheritance from Uncle Isidore with his wife, it became increasingly clear that he and Mette-Sophie were irrevocably separated.

The Meal, also called Bananas, 1891, Musee d'Orsay
The Meal
, also called Bananas, 1891, Musee d'Orsay

Dissatisfied, Paul again looked to escape back to Tahiti. He tried to raise funds for the trip, even to the point of accepting charity from friends. In June 1885, Paul left Paris and Europe for the last time on June 28, 1895, and returned to Tahiti.

Disillusioned by his poor reception in Paris, and disdainful of the Parisian art market. He arrived in Papeete in September, 1895, living comfortably as an artist the next six years in or near Papeete. He supported himself with steady sales, and built a reed and thatch house in an affluent area ten miles east of Papeete. He had a horse and visited Papeete almost daily.

He took in a fourteen year old "vahine" named Pahura a Tai.

Pahura a Tai had two children with Paul, a girl who died in infancy and a boy she raised herself. Paul continued associations in Paris. He kept himself informed, subscribing to the Mercure de France, France's most critical journal, and corresponded with French artists, dealers, critics and patrons. In Papeete, Paul increasingly became involved in local Tahitian politics.

He started a monthly publication, Le Sourire: Joural Serieux (The Smile: A Serious Newspaper).

In February of 1900, he became editor of Les Guepes. For this, he received a salary.

In editorials, Paul's pugilistic nature soon took on the governor and French officials, siding with and championing native issues and causes. His disagreements with officials in Tahiti and dissatisfaction with all European influence upon Papeete lead Paul to leave Tahiti, to once again flee his dissatisfaction, just as he had done in Paris, Copenhagen, and Arles.

This time, he targeted the Marquesas Islands, about 900 miles northeast of Tahiti.
Arearea (Joyfulness), 1892, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Arearea (Joyfulness)
, 1892, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Landscape from Papeete, Tahiti, 1893, painted in Tahiti, Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Landscape from Papeete, Tahiti, 1893
, painted in Tahiti, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Paul arrived in the Marquesas in 1901.

In the previous century, the islands had been decimated by European diseases. In the late 18th century, their population was over 80,000, but by the time Paul arrived in the dawning 20th century, just 4,000.

Catholic missionaries were in control, tapping down public drunkenness and promiscuity, and enrolling all native children in Mission schools.

The French government was centered in a gendarmerie, noted for its malevolence, stupidity, and lack of control over western and Chinese traders who profited by exploiting the natives. Paul made friends with the missionaries, and as for the French officialdom, Paul held out his usual negative critique.

Paul settled near the Catholic mission and was welcomed. His health continued to fail. He began to wear glasses, and changed his medication from laudanum to morphine.

He considered a return to Europe, and to seek treatment in Spain, but was dissuaded in a letter from George Daniel Montfreid dated October 1902, telling Paul to remain in the Pacific. His sickly presence would serve to stir potential negative comments from Paul's enemies, and could only serve to harm Paul's artistic legacy.

Reclining Tahitian Women or The Amusement of the Evil Spirit, 1894 Painted in Pont-Aven, Brittany after 2 years in Tahiti, Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Reclining Tahitian Women
or The Amusement of the Evil Spirit, 1894
Painted in Pont-Aven, Brittany after 2 years in Tahiti, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Montfreid told Paul that if he stayed in the Pacific, his position in the art world was solid. "You are unassailable as all the great dead; you already belong to the history of art."

Maybe because of Montfreid's advice, or maybe because Paul's illness had eroded his determination and ability to return to Europe, Paul stayed at his island home in the Marquasas. In his last days, Paul experienced weakness and great pain. He died on May 8, 1903, and is buried in Calvary Cemetary, in the town Atuona, on the southern side of the Marquesas Island of Hiva Oa in French Polynesia.

Le Cheval blanc, (The White Horse), 1898 Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Le Cheval blanc, (The White Horse)
, 1898
Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Tahitian Landscape with nine figures, 1898 Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Tahitian Landscape with nine figures
, 1898
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Still life with Cats, 1899, Society Islands,  (painted on one of Tahiti's outer islands)  Ny Carlsberg Glllypothek
Still life with Cats
, 1899, Society Islands,
(painted on one of Tahiti's outer islands)
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen| Musee d'Orsay, Paris | Back to the Top

Museum Trips in your future ...
/images/PGDY_Gauguin_Paul_Brittany_Landscape_with_Breton_Women_1888_Large_Thumb.jpg Now on view, in San Francisco
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
San Francisco's de Young Museum
featuring paintings from the
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

through April 7, 2019
Opening Feb 16 through May 27, in San Francisco
Monet: the Late Years
San Francisco's de Young Museum
featuring paintings from the de Young Museum, San Francisco,
the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth and the Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris
Now in Pasadena
Something Revealed:
California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960

through March 31, 2019
currated by Maurine St. Gaudens, author of
Emerging from the Shadows; A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960

Pasadena History Museum
Looking past the Bay Bridge
Louis Macouillard,
Looking Past the Bay Bridge
Now in Orange, CA

Now through - April 27, 2019 
Curated by Gordon McClelland.
Hilbert Museum
Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University
167 N. Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866
Located across the street from the Orange Metrolink Train Station
See our Sep '17 issue ...
Ralph Hulett Out of the Tunnel Thumb
Orange California's
Hilbert Museum
of California Art
Coming Oct 21 to Denver, CO
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature
Major lenders include the Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Denver Art Museum
opens Oct 21, 2019-Feb 2, 2020

Gallery Notes ...
At the Landmark Gallery
in Bodega
Linda Sorensen Cypress Over Highway One
Linda Sorensen's
Cypress over Highway One
9 x 12

Beyond Linda's studio, her paintings are currently showing at:

Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection,
located in the town of Bodega, west end of town a half block from the Casino, and just across from the General Store and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Corrick's "Art Trails Gallery,
located in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street, just steps from Santa Rosa's reopened Town Square.

6th Street Playhouse, The Red Shoes Gallery
6th Street Playhouse, The Studio Gallery,
52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa.

At Corrick's
in Santa Rosa
"Art Trails Gallery"

Linda Sorensen Hawks Hill to Point Bonita
Linda Sorensen's
Hawk Hill to Point Bonita
24 x 30
Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen
Linda Sorensen's Studio is now open in Graton.

In Graton, visits are by appointment only,
except for events such as Atelier One HANDS ON ART
and ART TRAILS and Art @ The Source

We must make arrangements with you for entry.
707-875-2911 or email Linda at

(Note that the gate/doors are generally locked on weekends, and we must let you in)

Linda Sorensen at Easel at Monte Rio Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda Sorensen at her easel

In Memoriam
Sister Wendy with Van Gogh
Sister Wendy with Vincent Van Gogh's 1890 paintng,
The Church at Auvers, at the Musee d'Orsay

Sister Wendy Beckett,
Feb 25, 1830 - Dec 26, 2018, NYT article

Sister Wendy Beckett

Perhaps the patron saint of art lovers everywhere, Sister Wendy Beckett, a cloistered Carmelite nun, briefly stepped out of monastery life in Quidenham, England (about 90 miles NE of London) and visited the world's greatest museums. With full habit and an unmistakable smile, she introduced millions to the world of great painting.

She was both unique and genuine. As the New York Times put it, "She had a gift for drama that made art accessible to the general public."

She said of her notariety, "Nothing is more humiliating than being on television. You make such a fool of yourself." She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1930. At an early age, she yearned to become a nun and joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a teaching order. And, what a teacher she was. Thanks Sister Wendy!

What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
by appointment in Graton or Bodega Bay | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
2019, The Year of the Boar: 2019 Karhu Calendar, Nishimura Ryo, Ikuta Koji
707-875-2922 | | Back to the Top
Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail
Pacific Bay Gallery

Pacific Bay Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
Noki and Ron Jones, proprietors, featuring the etchings of Guillaume Azoulay
707-875-8925 | | Back to the Top

Pacific Bay Gallery Azoulay
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings are reflections of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media.
Visit Jean's site and view examples at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Lorenzo de Santis
Landmark Gallery's
Lorenzo de Santis
IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
including paintings by Linda Sorensen
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
Fri-Mon, 10:30 - 5:30 | | Back to the Top
Linda Sopensen and Lorenzo de Santis
Linda Sorensen
Lorenzo de Santis
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails

282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm

Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown

IN SANTA ROSA Corrick's Art Trails Gallery |
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact::

Corrick's has been a Santa Rosa Treasure since 1915,
a downtown stationery store serving the community's "cultural hub."
Corrick's has long supported local artists with its impressive "ART TRAILS GALLERY,"
including paintings by Linda Sorensen.
And currently has a number of originals by Maurice Lapp ... (see our August 2017 article)

located on Fourth Street, steps away from Santa Rosa's revitalized town square
and Fourth Street's Russian River Brewery

BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery |
-WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY, Thur, Dec 21, 5-8 pm

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or
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
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Rik Olson

IN GRATON Graton Gallery
Sally Baker, Marylu Downing, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg Paul Mahder Gallery

 (707) 473-9150 |
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Weds - Mon, 10-6, Sundays, 10-5
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery

 (707) 473-9600
132 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Tues - Fri 10 to 6, Sat 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 4

john Anderson
Petaluma Arts Council Art Center

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

Petaluma Center for the Arts

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
Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum
Monet: The Late Years
Opening Feb. 16
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
Nov 17 - Apr 7
and Permanent Collection

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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Legion of Honor

-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Oakland Museum of California

-- ongoing Gallery of California Art
-showcasing over 800 works
from the OMCA's collection

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San Francisco

Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings
through March 10, 2019

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

St Mary's College Museum of Art

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
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-7862
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Grace Hudson Museum

Artful Liaisons: Connecting Painters
Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey, and Grafton Tyler Brown
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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
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
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

Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
Nature's Gifts
Early California Paintings
from the Wendy Willrich Collection

Opening April 22, 2018
& their marvelous Permanent Collection
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
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The Haggin Museum

-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
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 (now part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
Once Upon a Painted Ocean
Nov 10 - through Mar 30

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Hilbert Museum, Chapman University
The Hilbert Collection focuses
on California Scene Painting,
including many well known
20th century California watercolor artists

Bay Area Scene Painting
through Apr 27

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena San Marino (near Pasadena)
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
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum
& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art Kamuela, HI (Big Island)
Issacs Art Center
65-1268 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI  96743
(See our Dec '16 article "Hawaii's Paul Gauguin," 
modernist Madge Tennent, 1889-1972)

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
( see our article Mar 2018
French and American Paintings )
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

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
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail 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 Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts
Ottawa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art    

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... IN GRATON, CA ...
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At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by a few other Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates. We do not provide appraisal services.

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