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January 2023 Newsletter

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Laughing Child, c1620-25 Frans Hals, 1582/83-1666
Los Angeles County Museum
of Art, Paintings from the
Dutch Golden Age
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A collage of Dutch paintings from the Los Angeles Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age
from their permanent collection
by Daniel Rohlfing

The artists of the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century turned a major corner in the history of Western art.

Before the Dutch Golden Age, painting was reserved for the rich and powerful, the Roman Catholic Church and Europe's political and noble elite. Paintings created for them were large, often of epic proportions, and their themes were mostly biblical, historical, or mythological. Portraits were mostly commissioned by demanding patrons interested in displaying oversized flattering images of themselves, symbols of their status and power.

But in the Netherlands of the 17th century, painting took a sharp turn.
More than two hundred years before the first impressionist exhibition took place in Paris in May of 1874, the Dutch Masters had radically redirected the art world in a new and refreshing direction.

This film is from Sydney Australia's Art Gallery of New South Wales
for their 2017 exhibition Art from the Dutch Golden Age
from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Dutch art market was different, made up of secular buyers, merchants, traders, and even craftsmen. The canvases turned out by Dutch artists were much smaller. They departed from the Biblical and classical themes of the past. They created a new genre, today known as "genre painting." These genre paintings were scenes of everyday life, often done with a flare of whimsical humor. The Dutch also wanted colorfulul landscape paintings of their nation, their beaches, harbors, cityscapes and still lifes. Portraits became less formal and more lively with flashes of light and personality.

To be brutally honest, the Dutch landscape is rather dull. It has no high ranging mountains or dynamic seacoast and its north coast sky is far from bright. Its low lying flatlands stretch out against an even flatter and grayer sea. Its skies are often dark and cloudy.

But the Dutch art buyers did not want dull. They wanted paintings to brighten things up, reflecting the Dutch sense of adventure. Just as the lives of the Dutch had been vastly improved as a result of world wide trade, a flood of new ideas, new foods, spices and fabrics, they wanted this liveliness in their art. They wanted captivating light in paintings, exquisite reflections dancing on a curved piece of glass, highlights on people's faces filled with personality and humor. They wanted landscapes with patches of sunshine contrasting with their otherwise dark and gloomy landscape.

The Dutch artists provided what the market wanted; a massive quantity of high quality paintings were produced by Dutch artists at relatively low prices. Painting had now become available for common people. Paintings were about them, their lives, and became an expression of their values and interests.

Over the years, our newsletter has covered exhibitions of Dutch paintings at the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and several visiting exhibitions at SF's de Young and the Legion of Honor. Below are some captivating paintings from the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
(at the end of this article are links to our previous Newsletter articles of Dutch paintings)

Biblical themes
This transition from Biblical and classical themes to Dutch secular themes was not abrupt. There were a few biblical and classical paintings produced, but these Biblical paintings definitely had a Dutch accent. Their use of lighting is very Dutch. The furnishings, clothing, and props found in these pictures are from the 17th century.
The Raising of Lazarus, c1630-32 Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669
The Raising of Lazarus, c1630-32
Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669
The Flight to Egypt, 1655 Aelbert Cuyp, Northern Netherlands, 1620-1691
The Flight to Egypt
, 1655
Aelbert Cuyp, Northern Netherlands, 1620-1691
Samson and Delilah, 1668 Jan Steen, Northern Netherlands, 1626-1679
Samson and Delilah, 1668
Jan Steen, Northern Netherlands, 1626-1679
Aelbert Cuyp never traveled to Italy, but he was influenced by Italian paintings. In The Flight to Egypt, The painting includes an imagined Northern Italian setting with figures wearing 17th century costumes.

Rembrandt van Rijn's The Raising of Lazareth, shows Christ rasing his hand over Lazareth much like a marionette master. Although the scene is set inside a cave, the clothing and scabbarded swords hanging on the wall are 17 century Dutch.

Jan Steen's Samson and Delilah probably bears closer resemblance to Cecil B. deMille's 1949 film with Victor Mature and Hedy Lamar than it does the the actual event depicted in the Bible in Judges, chapter 16. Steen's painting shows the late moments of what appears to have been a sumptuous Dutch banquet, a late night scene where a drunken Samson is about to have his hair sheared by deviously minded Delilah.
Still life, floral and banquet
Still Life with Herring, Wine and Bread, 1647 Pieter Claesz, Nothern Netherlands, 1596/97-1660
Still Life with Herring, Wine and Bread
, 1647
Pieter Claesz, Northern Netherlands, 1596/97-1660
Dutch scenes of banquet tables are sumptuous and visually appetizing. These tables are set with an array of exotic treats from far away as well as the bounty from the sea brought in from the Dutch fishing fleet. They often featured a carafe or glass of wine with excellently executed light reflecting from a rounded surface. The tables are often draped by exquisitly rendered tablecloths.

Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Herring, Wine and Bread was done in 1647. This looks like a fine savory combination, with imported orange and wine complimenting local herring with capers. Notice all the reflections in the goblet.

Abraham van Beyeren's Banquet Still Life shows exotic foods spread out on a marble table with a Turkish rug. This ostentatious table shows the prosperity surrounding the Dutch Republic and its overseas trade.

If you look closely, a mouse is perched on the silver plate, silhouetted against a ripe light colored peach. The wealth of the Dutch economy even reached down and touched the lives of mice. The color of the lobster, melon and citrus contrasts with the dark interior of the scene.
Banquet Still Life, 1667 Abraham van Beyeren, Northern Netherlands, 1620/21-1690
Banquet Still Life
, 1667
Abraham van Beyeren, Northern Netherlands, 1620/21-1690
Still Life with Oysters and Grapes, 1653 Jan Davidsz. de Heem, 1606-1684
Still Life with Oysters and Grapes
, 1653
Jan Davidsz. de Heem, 1606-1684
Jan Davidsz de Heem's Still Life with Oysters and Grapes appears to show part of a table after the guests have had their way with its offerings. An oyster seems to be sliding off the silver plate and crumbs are on the table. Again, the exotic citrus and the reflected light upon the glass are a treat for the eyes. It shows the love the Dutch had for fancy entertaining, the offering of exotic fruits, here garnished with grape and orange leaves.
Game Market, 1630's, Frans Snyders, Flanders (now Belgium), 1579-1657
Game Market
, 1630's, Frans Snyders, Flanders (now Belgium), 1579-1657
It's been nearly 400 years since Game Market by Frans Snyders was painted. Apart from its artistic qualities, it shows the huge differences between how meat is processed and sold in the 17th century compared with the 21st. This painting is evidence of the abundance of game in the Dutch countryside. At that time, only noblemen were permitted to hunt and sell game. This retail display of abundance is for wealthy customers. Frans Snyders is known for his still lifes, animal paintings and hunting scenes.
Bouquet of Flowers on a Ledge, 1619 Ambrosius Bosschaert, Northern Netherlands, 1573-1621
Bouquet of Flowers on a Ledge
, 1619
Ambrosius Bosschaert, Northern Netherlands, 1573-1621
Bouquet of Flowers in an Urn, 1724 Jan van Huysum, Northern Netherlands, 1682-1749
Bouquet of Flowers in an Urn, 1724
Jan van Huysum, Northern Netherlands, 1682-1749
Bouquet of Flowers on a Ledge by Ambrosius Bosschaert shows a glass vase on a window ledge. The arrangement is a mix of both common and exotic flowers, including a prized imported striped tulip. The Dutch love of cultivating, displaying and trading tulip bulbs exists to this day. This bouquet is imagined, because the blossoms displayed bloom at different times of the year. Notice the butterfly on the striped tulip to the left, a feature found in many of Bosschaert's floral paintings.

Banquet of Flowers in an Urn by Jan van Huysum is topped off by a "Crown Imperial," a flower highly prized by collectors. This painting was done 105 years after Bosschaert's Bouquet of Flowers. Van Huysum liked to use pastel colors, which foreshadows the rise of the rococo period. Large weighty flowers suspended by long curved steps form graceful arabesques.
Portrait of Marten Looten, 1632 Rembrandt van Rijn, Northern Netherlands, 1606-1669
Portrait of Marten Looten
, 1632
Rembrandt van Rijn, Northern Netherlands, 1606-1669
Portrait of Dirck Jansz. Pesser, c1934 Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669
Portrait of Dirck Jansz. Pesser
, c1634
Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669

At the end of 1631, Rembrandt (then age 26) moved about 30 miles, from Leiden northward to Amsterdam. At the time, Amsterdam was a city rapidly expanding as the new business capital of the Netherlands. He began to practice as a professional portraitist for the first time there with great great success. In his portrait of a prosperous grain merchant Marten Looten, Rembrandt pictures him in conservative Mennonite dress, with his arms, cape and hat enhancing a three dimensional form. The new style in portraits was to show the subject interacting with the viewer. Here, Marten Looten appears to be turning, his lips slightly parted as if speaking to someone in close proximity.

In 1634, Rembrandt traveled from Amsterdam to Rotterdam (50 miles south) to paint the portrait of Dirck Jansz. Pesser, a wealthy brewer. Pesser had been told by his wife and mother-in-law that Rembrandt was Amsterdam's most fashionable portrait painter. Rembrandt here employs the conventional oval format, probably at the client's request. He uses the undulating rim of the hat and white ruff of the collar while carefully highlighting the shadows on Pesser's face to create a lively image that appears to exist in real space.

Portrait of Pieter Tjarck, c1635-38 Frans Hals, 1582/83-1666
Portrait of Pieter Tjarck
, c1635-38
Frans Hals, 1582/83-1666

Laughing Child, c1620-25 Frans Hals, 1582/83-1666Laughing Child
, c1620-25
Frans Hals, 1582/83-1666
Frans Hals was born 23 years before Rembrandt. He is best known for his portraits of wealthy patrons. He employed an intimate realism with a radically free approach, capturing aspects of his subject's personality by enlivening their pose and facial expression. He is popular today because his subjects are interesting and relatable. Portrait of Pieter Tjarck, a wealthy silk merchant in Haarlem, strikes a casual pose holding a pink rose. This portrait was a companion portrait of Marie Larp, Tjarck's wife (at the National Gallery, London). The portraits were done on the anniversary of their wedding in 1834.

Laughing Child is an amazing painting. Since seeing it, I have become a Frans Hals fan. It is quite a small painting but has an outsized impact. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's placard offers no information about this painting other than its title and date. But a similar painting called Laughing Boy is in the Mauritshuis collection in Amsterdam. Their website says Hals captured children's spontaneity with very loose brushstrokes. He was a master at capturing laughter, one of the most difficult expressions to paint.
Church Interiors
Interior of a Gothic Cathedral, 1612 Paul Vredeman de Vries, 1567-after 1630
Interior of a Gothic Cathedra
l, 1612
Paul Vredeman de Vries, 1567-after 1630
The premier painter of church interiors was Emanuel de Witte, 1617-1692. He was not religious at all but was artistically attracted by the angles, vertical space, and shadows to be found within church interior's architecture. But he was not the first to paint the interiors of churches.

The painting above, Interior of a Gothic Church by Paul Vredeman de Vries, was painted nearly five years before de Witte was born. It shows the interior of an imagined Roman Catholic Cathedral. After the Netherlands split from Spain's control, there were virtually no Roman Catholics in Holland. The few groups that did exist kept a low profile and met in houses. Sometimes, wealthier Catholics commissioned painters to paint imagined Dutch cathedral scenes for the small Dutch catholic audience. This is one such painting. Another entitled Interior of an Imaginary Catholic Church done in 1868 by Emanuel de Witte resides in the Maritshuis Museum in the Hague.
Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft with the tomb of William the Silent, 1653 Emanuel de Witte, Northern Netherlands, c 1617-1692
Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft
with the tomb of William the Silent
, 1653
Emanuel de Witte, Northern Netherlands, c 1617-1692
William the Silent was the hero of Dutch resistance against Spain. He was assassinated in 1584. His tomb is pictured here in de Witte's painting, Interior of Nieuwe Kerk in Delft. The monument over his crypt was a popular national attraction. Notice the dog next to a man with a red cape. Dogs accompanying individuals into churches and other places of business was not an unusual sight in the 17th century. In this painting, de Witte creates an illusion. His painting appears to be of a finished painting, partially covered by a curtain hanging over it.
Interior of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, c1659 Emanuel de Witte, c1617-1692
Interior of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
, c1659
Emanuel de Witte, c1617-1692
Today, Oude Kerk is Amsterdam's oldest building. The current stone structure was consecrated in 1306 as a Roman Catholic Church. In 1578, the church was taken over by the Calvinist Dutch Reformed Church when Dutch national hero William the Silent defeated the Spanish in the Dutch Revolt. Rembrandt was a frequent visitor to the Oude Kerk and his children were all christened in it. Emanuel de Witte's Interior of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, shows a portion of its famed wooden ceiling. Here again, notice the dog next to the man holding a red cape against the pillar in the lower right of the painting. Seeing these paintings side by side, its easy to assume de Witte loved dogs and, as a painter, he loved adding a dash of red to his paintings.
Dutch Harbor Scenes
View of the River Maas near Dordrecht, NL, 1644-45 Aelbert Cuyp, 1620-1691
View of the River Maas near Dordrecht, NL
, 1644-45
Aelbert Cuyp, 1620-1691
View of a Beach, 1646 Simon de Vlieger, 1600/01-1653
View of a Beach
, 1646
Simon de Vlieger, 1600/01-1653
View of a Harbor in a City (Schiedam?), c1650-1653 Adam Pynacker, Nothern Netherlands, 1650-1653
View of a Harbor in a City
(Schiedam?), c1650-1653
Adam Pynacker, Northern Netherlands, 1620-1673
View of the River Maas near Dordrecht, Netherlands is the left half of a long panel showing a panoramic view of Dordrecht from across the River Maas. Aelbert Cuyp was a native of Dordrecht. The right side of this painting hangs in the Museum der Bildenden Kunste in Leipzig, Germany.

Simon de Vlieger was a major Dutch sea scene painter. In View of a Beach, he shows enterprising fishermen who have pulled out their boats to sell their catch while people gather to bid farewell to a fleet of ships departing on a trade expedition half a world away.
View of the River Lek and the town of Vianen, 1668 Salomon van Ruysdael, Northern Netherlands, 1600/03 - 1670
View of the River Lek and the town of Vianen
, 1668
Salomon van Ruysdael, Northern Netherlands, 1600/03 - 1670
In View of a Harbor City, which Adam Pynacker painted when he was in his early 30's, tall flagged masts and sails can be seen in the background while in the foreground, two men wrestle to launch a much smaller vessel. In his late 30's, Pynacker made an extended visit to Italy where he converted to Catholicism in order to marry Eva Maria de Geest. Her father Wybrand de Geest was a famed Dutch portrait painter.

View of the River Lek and the Town of Vianen by Salomon van Ruysdael is a scene dwarfed by an expansive clouded sky. Van Ruysdael was one of the leading landscape painters of his generation. His paintings have tonal elements, a hallmark of Dutch realism. Most of his paintings were done near his home in Haarlem, but he painted throughout Holland. His paintings typically are dominated by their light and atmosphere.
Ships in a Calm, c1650-1655 Jan van de Cappelle, Northern Netherlands, 1626-1679
Ships in a Calm
, c1650-1655
Jan van de Cappelle, Northern Netherlands, 1626-1679
View of Dordrecht, 1645 Jan van Goyen, Northern Netherlands, 1596-1656
View of Dordrecht
, 1645
Jan van Goyen, Northern Netherlands, 1596-1656
Ships in a Calm by Jan van de Cappelle is representative of many maritime paintings of Dutch trading ships close to shore. He was one of the leading Dutch maritime painters. He was a man of many talents. After buying a home in Amsterdam, he devoted most of his energies to business. Besides being a Dutch painter, he was a major collector of Dutch art. Here too, light and sky dominate this painting.

View of Dordrecht by Jan van Goyen is typical of his tonalist paintings, very interesting clouds with reflections of light on the water silhouetting his subjects and figures in the foreground. He helped popularize paintings focused on local subjects. He was a highly respected painter in the artistic community of the Hague.
View of Arnhem, 1646 Jan van Goyen, Northern Netherlands, 1596-1656
View of Arnhem
, 1646
Jan van Goyen, Northern Netherlands, 1596-1656

View of Arnhem by van Goyen shows the city of Arnhem (just east of Amsterdam) along the River Nederrijn. Here the city is silhouetted against the bright sky and reflections from the river.

River Landscape with a Ferry, 1650 Salomon van Ruysdael, Northern Netherlands, 1600/3-1670
River Landscape with a Ferr
y, 1650
Salomon van Ruysdael, Northern Netherlands, 1600/3-1670
Salomon van Ruysdael's River Landscape with a Ferry is similar to View of the River Lek and the town of Vianen. But here, van Ruysdael shows us a typical scene in Dutch life, a ferry crossing a river. The low and flat Dutch landscape is crossed by wide shallow rivers. Ferries were a frequent aspect of Dutch life and were often a subject of van Ruysdael's paintings.
Dutch Landscapes
Landscape with Peasants Playing Bowls outside an Inn, c1660 David Teniers the Younger, Southern Netherlands, 1610-1690
Landscape with Peasants
Playing Bowls Outside an Inn
, c1660
David Teniers the Younger, Southern Netherlands, 1610-1690
Landscape with Deer Hunters, c1630 Salomon van Ruysdael, Northern Netherlands, 1600/03-1670
Landscape with Deer Hunters
, c1630
Salomon van Ruysdael, Northern Netherlands, 1600/03-1670
Landscape with Peasants Playing Bowls Outside an Inn by David Tiers the Younger is an homage of sorts to his father, Jan Brueghel the Elder. His father was fond of playing bowls. This painting is typical of David Teniers the Younger with an expanded landscape in the background giving the painting an overall pastoral mood. This is a large painting, probably commissioned by owners of a large estate.

Landscape with Deer Hunters by Salomon van Ruysdael shows a small group of wealthy men hunting deer. As stated in my comments on Game Market pictured above, the hunting of game was restricted to noblemen. Van Ruysdael was wealthy, owning several homes. He was an inventor who came up with a way of making sculpted ornaments which looked like polished marble. The resulting manufactured marble was used as decoration on furnishings and picture frames, and made van Ruysdael relatively wealthy.
The Great Oak, 1652 Jacob van Ruisdael, Northern Netherlands, 1628-1682 ... and Nicolaes Berchem, Northern Netherlands, 1620-1683
The Great Oak, 1652
Jacob van Ruisdael, Northern Netherlands, 1628-1682 ... and
Nicolaes Berchem, Northern Netherlands, 1620-1683
View of Herengracht, Amsterdam, from the Leliegracht, c1660-70 Jan van der Heyden, Northern Netherlands, 1637-1712
View of Herengracht, Amsterdam, from the Leliegracht
, c1660-70
Jan van der Heyden, Northern Netherlands, 1637-1712
Jacob van Ruisdael was the nephew of Solomon van Ruysdael. He is the better known painter of the two. Jacob was known as a most versatile painter of landscapes. His compositions are nearly heroic and his observation of detail was most keen. The Great Oak is a collaboration with Jacob's friend, artist Nicolaes Berchem. Nicolaes did the figures of Italian shepherds, a gentleman and discharged soldiers moving through Jacob's light filled northern landscape. The battered old oak clinging to the sand into which it is rooted dominates this landscape. Nearly a century after this painting done in 1652, it resided in Rome in the famous collection of Cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga.

Jan van der Heyden's View of the Herengracht, Amsterdam, from the Leliegracht shows grand mansions in a wealthy section of Amsterdam as seen from a passing boat on the Leliegracht, one of three major canals which ring the city. This painting has minute detail. Van der Heyden added moss-like lichen to his paint to suggest texture in the leaves along the tree lined canal and bricks in the sunlit face of the buildings.
Landscape with Dunes, 1649 Jacob van Ruisdael, Northern Netherlands, 1628-1682
Landscape with Dunes
, 1649
Jacob van Ruisdael, Northern Netherlands, 1628-1682
View of Grainfields with a Distant Town, 1650 Jacob van Ruisdael, Northern Netherlands, 16028-1682
View of Grainfields with a Distant Town
, 1650
Jacob van Ruisdael, Northern Netherlands, 1628-1682
Landscape with Dunes by Jacob van Ruisdael is a pleasing scene of a roadside crossing a stream beneath a billowing cumulus cloud. Again, van Ruisdael pictured oak trees rooted in the sand, giving dimension to the otherwise low lying dunes.

Likewise, View of Grainfields with a distant town shows the grain catching a glimpse of sunlight underneath voluminous clouds. The neat rows of harvested haystacks give us an understanding of the attentive labor the Dutch farmers gave their crops.
Landscape with a Footbridge, 1664/65 Meindert Hobbema, Northern Netherlands, 1638-1709
Landscape with a Footbridge
, 1664/65
Meindert Hobbema, Northern Netherlands, 1638-1709
Landscape with Anglers and a Distant Town, 1664/65 Meindert Hobbema, 1638-1709, Northern Netherlands, 1638-1709
Landscape with Anglers and a Distant Town
, 1664/65
Meindert Hobbema, Northern Netherlands, 1638-1709

Meindert Hobbema studied under Jacob van Ruisdael and is known for his forested scenes with roads and glistening ponds. Roads, streams or ponds tend to be diagonal elements in Hobbema's compositions, carefully laid out and always asymmetrical. His paintings often employed two focal points. In Landscape with a Footbridge, interest is split between the man on the bridge and the one following at a distance on the path. In Landscape with Anglers and a Distant Town, the focal points are the boys fishing on the shore and the distant windmill in the background.

All told, the Dutch paintings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offer a fine sampling of Dutch painting from the Golden Age. Although it is not a comprehensive sampling, it is well worth seeking them out. Since we visited in 2019, their collection of Dutch paintings has grown, and we are planning a return trip to see what's new.

Previous newsletter articles
about paintings from
the Dutch Golden Age
January 2020
Peter WteWael, 1596-1660 Kitchen Scene, 1620's
Dutch painting for an
emerging secular world,
Dutch Masterpieces
at NY's Met

December 2018
Gerrit Dou, 1613-1675 The Trumpet Player in front of a Banquet, oil on panel, 1660-65
The Louvre's Dutch Genre
painters, Hals, de Hooch
Dou, Metsu & Vermeer

December 2016
Le Nain Brothers Self Portrait
The French Brothers Le Nain,
17th century trio
at SF's Legion of Honor

March 2013
The tragic tale of
Emanuel De Witte, Dutch master
of church interiors

January 2013
SF's de Young, Johannas
Vermeer, paintings of "Chinoiserie," turbans and pearls of the Orient

September 2011
SF's Legion of Honor
Dutch & Flemish Masterworks
from Van Otterloo collection

New to us,
Scrapbook photos of John W. Hilton
by Daniel Rohlfing

 John W. Hilton with camera, bolo tie and white hat
John W. Hilton with camera, bolo tie and white hat

These photos of photos of John Hilton are new to me, but that's not quite true. I've had them for a number of years. I just didn't know I had them.

Recently, a new client expressed interest in our John W. Hilton prints. After retrieving the print portfolio from storage I discovered (or rediscovered) these photos, laid out in a collage on the back inside cover.

The annoyance of my error quickly gave way to the thrill of finding more photos from the remarkable life of John W. Hilton.

These "newly discovered" photos show the two most important women in John's life, his second wife Barbara (Macgillavery) Hilton and his mother Blanche Hilton. They also show John painting a mural at Santa Ana's once swank Saddleback Inn, home to the Western Art Gallery, the Orange County place to find fine desert art by the best desert painters.
James Cagney, sketching his friend and neighbor John W. Hilton  as Hilton paints in his Twentynine Palms studio.
James Cagney, sketching his friend and neighbor John W. Hilton
as Hilton paints in his Twentynine Palms studio.
(photo from the back jacket of The Man Who Captured Sunshine
by Hilton biographer and lifelong friend, Katherine Ainsworth)

What I know of Barbara Hilton and Blanche Hilton was gleaned mostly from John W. Hilton's biography, The Man Who Captured Sunshine by his friend Katherine Ainsworth, 1978.

The foreword of The Man Who Captured Sunshine, was written by John's close friend James Cagney. Cagney expresses so well why he and so many others were drawn to John and were proud to call him their friend.

Cagney wrote, "John Hilton is completely unique. His strong interest in everything that comes within his ken (his range of sight) has served all who know him very well. His painting, done in a style that only he has perfected, has brought extreme pleasure to thousands who, in their lives, had never been near a desert. His love and appreciation of desert beauties and wonders have made many see things they might easily have neglected to observe. He makes one aware of the power of simple things like the potentials of a drab piece of rock which with some applied skill, his, becomes a startling gem. His knowledge of plant life fills us with an awareness of our own ignorance and makes us resolve to get a move on and learn, learn, learn. When one can teach as John does, we should all sit back and listen, and I do."

John counted many people his friends, from notables like President Eisenhower, General Patton, James Cagney and industrialist Howard Hughes to local folk, including native Americans, Hispanics, business and trades people, and kids.

His artistic friends included a Who's Who of the Southwest's best desert painters: Jimmy Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, Clyde Forsythe, Nicolai Fechin and hosts of others. John was at the center of the desert painters school, often serving as the self appointed social director. He arranged for many a joint painting expedition to Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and other desert locales.
John W. Hilton painting at his easel with his second wife Barbara looking on
John Hilton at his plein air easel with wife Barbara looking on.

John W. Hilton at his plein air easel in Sun City, CA, in eastern Orange County, betwen Temecula and Riverside
John W. Hilton at his plein air easel in Sun City, CA,
in eastern Orange County, between Temecula and Riverside

Barbara was the true love in John's life. He first saw her on a chance meeting when John had stopped in at his old gem shop in Thermal, California, just to pick up a few things and take them to his new home in Twentynine Palms.
John noticed an old customer who had bought some of John's paintings walking across the road from Valerie Jean's Date Shop. A woman in curlers and a scarf was with him. As they got closer, John was enchanted by the woman. Clumsy small talk gave way to continued conversation, and in short order, John and Barbara courted and were married.

In Hollywood, Barbara had worked as an assistant dance director for Seymor Felix and Busby Berkley. She had the beauty, grace and tone of a dancer with big blue eyes framed by arrogant eye brows -- so said Hilton of his first sight of Barbara. But beyond beauty and a dancer's disciplined work ethic, she was sharp and inventive. She soon managed Hilton's career and sales increased. John was becoming a better painter too. He began using a new approach to the use of color. Katherine Ainsworth described it as "capturing sunlight's radiant rosy glow." It proved most pleasing to buyers.

In short order, John went from a painter who was satisfied to sell a painting or two now and then to being represented by the best galleries, being asked to become a member of New York's Salmagundi Club, having a one man show at the prestigious Grand Central Gallery, and presenting one of his paintings to President Eisenhower on the occasion of his second inauguration in January, 1957.

With Barbara at his side, John had arrived.

John's mother, Blanche Hilton was a woman of steel. Between 1908 and 1914, she, her husband George and her son John (aged 3-10) served as missionaries in Northern China.

Early in 1908, Blanche and her three-year-old son Johnny accompanied her husband George, an ordained preacher of the Church of the Brethren, on a mission to northern China. China was in turmoil, just seven years after the Boxer Rebellion and just before the Sun Yat Sen Revolution. The Chinese were fearful of warlords and foreigners.

The diminutive woman (pictured to the right) is Blanche Hilton. In this photo, she appears to be rather benign as her son John dedicates one of his paintings as a gift to the Church of the Brethren Seminary.

John Hilton is shown here with his mother Blanche. She unveiled a John W. Hilton painting to the Church of the Brethren Seminary in honor of her husband and John's father, Rev. George W. Hilton, and the family's 6-year mission to China.
In mid 1909, Blanche was not only mothering a 5 year old son, she was responsible for her family's upkeep and welfare and worked as her husband's chief mission assistant. When George suffered a debilitating knee injury and had to return to the United States for surgery, Blanche tended to the details to make the long trip home possible.

Blanche booked passage, a steamship Pacific crossing to Seattle and a then long train ride to Rochester, Minnesota, where George received knee surgery. The family then briefly stayed with Blanche's parents in Surrey, in north central North Dakota just east of Minot where George recovered. In the midst of a North Dakota winter, little Johnny Hilton began his love for the desert. How does one learn to love the desert in winter in North Dakota? Little Johnny swore he would never be cold again.

By the Spring of 1911, Rev. George Hilton had recovered and the family sailed from Seattle again on the S.S. Minnesota. They arrived in Tien Tsin just in the middle of the Sun Yat Sen Rebellion. The Hiltons were not allowed to proceed to the interior to their mission station, but were sequestered with other missionary families in a missionary compound. When George was enlisted to go and help out in a region of Southern China where famine was present, Blanche and Johnny (now 7 years old) endured in the missionary compound for months.

To give you a sense of the instability of the region, across from the missionary compound was an empty lot where executions were carried out. Little Johnny, through cracks in boarded up windows, witnessed beheadings. He never talked about that experience much, but it was something he told Katherine Ainsworth and she put it in his biography, even including a memory of prisoners being bound, the stroke of the sword, and spurting fountains of blood. As John told Katherine of those memories, she writes, "Hilton shook his head as though trying to rid himself of those dark memories."

When George finally returned from the famine in Southern China, he was a ghost of the man who had left them. The experience was hard on him and the tough life and death decisions he had had to make. He was shrunken from his robust 200 lbs, now down to 120. His eyes were sunken, his hair had turned white, and he was suffering from dysentery, termed "Famine Fever." But again, George Hilton slowly recovered and afterward, the family was allowed to proceed to their mission.

By 1914, after having labored in the mission field for 3 years, the family returned on the S.S. Minnesota. On their voyage home, the stopped in Honolulu and John (now 10 years old) remembered riding the horse-drawn street car across Honolulu with Blanche. When they arrived in Seattle, the family was met by a Church of the Brethren preacher who hosted them, driving them to his Seattle home in his automobile, John Hilton's first thrilling ride in a car.

For John, it was a remarkable childhood. His experiences living in another culture, his ability to speak and understand Mandarin, his exposure to Chinese philosophy, and his lessons in art taught by Chinese teachers, all were foundational for the man and artist he was to become. Throughout his life, John W. Hilton was a curious and eager learner in all kinds of things associated with the desert. He was a self taught botanist, zoologist, geologist, writer, and historian. His early experiences with his parents in China helped nurture his curiosity and ability to learn. And through it all, Blanche was there guiding little Johnny every step of the way.
A blurry photo of John W. Hilton's two large murals in the banquet room of the Saddleback Inn in Santa Ana, CA, circa 1960's
This blurry photo is taken from an old brochure for Santa Ana's Saddleback Inn, the only photo I have found showing
John W. Hilton's two large murals at the Saddleback Inn in Santa Ana, CA. Back in the 1960's and 1970's,
the Saddlebackl Inn's Western Art Gallery was where many of California's great desert painters exhibited their work.
John W. Hilton painting one of two large murals at the Saddleback Inn in Santa Ana, CA, c 1960's
John W. Hilton standing on scaffolding while painting one of two large murals in the banquet room of the Saddleback Inn. Watching is Bill Riffle of the Western Art Gallery, located at the Saddleback Inn.

Saddleback Inn, Santa Ana Ad from Oct 1981
An ad for the Saddleback Inn from The Orange Coast, October 1981

The Saddleback Inn's Murals isn't as interesting a story as his early days as a missionary child in China or the exciting romance he shared with Barbara, but it does bear testament to John's place and prestige in the world of desert painting within the greater Los Angeles art market.

In the 1960's, the Saddleback Inn was the major gathering place for Orange County. Local notables such as John Wayne and Walt Disney were frequent visitors at local dinners and events. The Inn's Western Art Gallery was the place to buy western art. In the booming region, there were many buyers for works by Jimmy Swinnerton, Clyde Forsythe and John W. Hilton.

Bill Riffle, manager of the Western Art Gallery, commissioned John Hilton to paint two large mural sized paintings to be displayed in the hotel's large banquet room. John knew full well that attendees to these banquets would see the paintings and then visit the Western Art Gallery. Sales were to be made, not only for John but for all his artist friends.

The glory days of the Saddleback Inn were numbered, though. Long after John W. Hilton's death in 1983, and after a sale or two, years of neglect and deferred maintenance took their toll. The once glorious Western hotel faded, was abandoned, became blighted and eventually burned to the ground. In 2012, the charred remains were demolished and the site was cleared.

So far, I've been unable to find out what happened to Hilton's large banquet room paintings. If you know, or if you have a lead as to what happened to these paintings or know of a photo of them, please let me know.
March, '17
John Hilton with Pipe
John W. Hilton,
a man of the desert
and like minded friends
Previous John W. Hilton Articles
from our Newsletter
February, '14
John W Hilton with Pipe
The Valley That Taught
Me To Paint
by John W. Hilton
Desert Magazine
, March 1963
October, '10

The story of James Cagney
& his artist friend, John W. Hilton
May, '10

John W. Hilton
& General George S. Patton:
from The Man Who Captured Sunshine by Katherine Ainsworth

November, '09
Hilton presenting Painting for Whitehouse
John W. Hilton's 1957
White House Painting for IKE, Twentynine Palms Oasis
April, '08
Jennie Kelly at Dos Palmas
John Hilton's Salton Sea Homehas Historical Site Status
These John W. Hilton paintings are available through our gallery
John W Hilton, Fall in the Canyon, Anzo Borrego State Park, east of the Salton Sea
Fall in the Canyon
John W Hilton, Desert at Evening
Desert at Evening
John W. Hilton, A Morning in Spring
A Morning in Spring, 1969
John W Hilton, Monumnet
Monument, 1951
John W. Hilton, Twentynine Palms
Twentynine Palms, 1950
John W Hilton, La Mananita, 1963
La Mananita, 1963
John W Hilton, Moonlight in the Dunes
Moonlight in the Dunes
John W Hilton, Desert Dunes, 1936
Desert Dunes, 1936
John W. Hilton's page | Back to the Top

Gallery Notes
from our Aug 2022 issue
Edward Hopper, Self Portrait
Edward Hopper,
A Look Back to a 2008 Exhibition
at the Art Institute of Chicago

Edward Hopper’s New York

Oct 19, 2022 - March 5, 2023
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New Yor

Recently, we looked back at the phenomenal Edward Hopper exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Now, a new major Edward Hopper exhibition is to be held in New York. Hopper lived in New York for almost 60 years. This exhibition at the Whitney Museum looks at Hopper's paintings of New York. And yes, Night Hawks will be there!
Link to the Whitney Museum Hopper Exhibition page
Ernie Barnes, The Sugar Shack, 1976
The Sugar Shack, 1976
A new record high price for Ernie Barnes at auction We just learned
that Ernie Barne's The Sugar Shack (1976) sold for $15.3 million
In the late summer of 2019, Linda and I visited Los Angeles. Whille there, we took in the Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective exhibit at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park just steps away from the LA Coliseum. WOW! Previously, we knew little of Ernie Barnes, but his art was captivating, fresh and vibrant! He captured the grace of movement found in African American culture, its dance, its music and its athleticism. At the time, I couldn't help but describe it as "visual jazz." Our September 2019 article | Read more on Artnet News
Jack Stuppin, 1933-2022
Jack loved Sonoma County's beauty and found great pleasure in painting his virbrant interpretaions of the Sonoma landscape.

Russian River Rhapsody, Jack Stuppin
Ten years ago Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery hosted a Jack Stuppin Exhibition, Songs of the Earth, the Color of Joy. It was quite the event, Jack was on hand to meet his friends and fans, offering signed limited edition prints on canvas along with calendars and cards.

Jack was a good friend and graciously hosted me on a tour of his Coffee Lane home. His passion for painting and Sonoma County will be missed. (Press Democrat link)

in Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom
Art Trails 2022
Sat & Sun, Sepember 24-25, 10-5
Sat & Sun, October 1-2, 10-5
open other times by appointment in Graton or Bodega Bay | Call or Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Mendocino Coast
"Mendocino Coast"
Joshua Meador
Ren Brown
Ren Brown
The Ren Brown Collection
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 | | Back to the Top
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Linda Sorensen Peak, south of Hopland, CA

Linda Sorensen Paintings

You may meet Linda and view her paintings at her studio in Graton by appointment,
or arrange to see specific paintings at other locations. Linda paints colorful and imaginative
landscapes emphasizing design and influenced by abstraction and Post-Impressionism. | 707-875-2911

Linda Sorensen at her easel, photo by John Hershey
\Jean Warren Sand Harbor
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. / 707-875-9240

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts IN SEBASTOPOL - Sebastopol Center for the Arts
... see website for on-line activities
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours when able to reopen: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm
Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
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.
Corricks offers a number of originals by famed Santa Rosa artist, 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 |

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
OPEN Weekends, see website for up to date information
home of many of Sonoma County's best artists
Sally Baker, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Tamra Sanchez, 11Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Saturday and Sunday check website

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 | check for hours
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
-- see website for details
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
... see website
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection
De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
closed, see website
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

... see website
-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
open, see website for details
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
... see website
Oakland Museum of California

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

San Francisco

Diego Rivera's America
through Jan 2, 2023

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
see website
The Museums of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Santa Rosa
... see website
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

... see website
St Mary's College Museum of Art
Hearst Art Gallery

Hearst Art Gallery Thumbnail
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

... see website
551 Broadway, Sonoma CA
(707) 939-7862
Sonoma Museum of Art Exterior Thumb
Grace Hudson Museum

... see website
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

... see website
featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch,
Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby,
Russell Chatham, Alfred Farnsworth

Elizabeth Holland McDaniel Bolinas Embarcadero thumbnail
Walnut Creek
... see website
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

... see website
approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
San Jose Museum of Art Thumbnail
Monterey Museum of Art

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

Salvador Dali Museum

prepurchased tickets required, ... see website

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
Open Thurs - Sun, 10-5, masks, ... see websites
Capitol Museum

... see website
Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum

... see website
-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) (for all museums below, see website for hours and protocols.
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
(University of California, Irvine
Institute and Museum of California Art)

(formerly The Irvine Museum)

The Resonant Surface:
Movement, Image and Sound
in California Painting
... through Feb 19, 2022
Irvine Museum Thumbnail
Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
Our Golden State:
Landscape Paintings
from the Hilbert Collection
November 9 - April 18, 2022

Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

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
San Diego Museum of Art Thumbnail

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

Palm Springs Art Museum Thumbnail
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West
Phoenix Art Museum
Los Angeles
California African American Art Museum
adjacent to the LA Coliseum
(see our newsletter articleof their
Ernie Barne's Exhibition September 2019)

California African American 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
Portland Art Museum Thumbnail
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
Art Institute of Chicago Thumbnail
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
Philadelphia Museum of Art Thumbnail
Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
The Brooklyn Museum Thumbnail
New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art

Edward Hopper’s New York
Oct 19, 2022 - March 5, 2023

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

Its extensive collection of American Art
Metropolitan Museum 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
Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum
Denver Art Museum Exterior


Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is mostly online. We maintain a gallery showroom (by appointment only) at the Atelier One artist studios building in Graton, California, sharing space with Linda Sorensen's artist studio.

Our newsletter includes reports/articles about artists, museum exhibits, and other arts subjects, often with videos and links.

For the duration of the pandemic, we will observe safe mask wearing and social distance protocols. We do not transact financial business or collect data via our website. All client contact/information is via phone, text, email or in person by appointment.

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For an appointment, email or call ... / 707-875-2911

To view and purchas paintings from us, you may ...

Visit our gallery showroom in GRATON, CA ...

Have us pring selected works to your home ...
Call or email for a an appointment. (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay).

Or, purchase from our website.
We offer FedEx shipping (included in price) in the U.S. for major purchases. 707-875-2911.

Our Gallery Showroom and Linda Sorensen's Studio in Graton

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery specializes in Historic California Paintings 1850-1950 and the contemporary art of Linda Sorensen.  Our gallery showroom and Linda's artist studio are open by appointment.  We ask visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. Email, text or call us for an appointment.  As our collection is larger than what we have on display at any one time, we want to learn your interests and preferences. After listing to your wishes, we will have the paintings you want to view ready for your visit.

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery and Linda Sorensen's studio
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery .com / Linda Sorensen Paintings . com /  707-875-2911
Atelier One, Studio 5, 2860 Bowen St, Graton, CA 95444 (not a mailing address)

If you wish to sell a painting to us ...

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.

DO NOT CALL AND EXPECT A THOUGHTFUL ANSWER REGARDING YOUR PAINTING (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US ( along with a high resolution jpeg image of your painting. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and condition. Please include any history or provenance. Rather than responding off the cuff, in a timely fashion we will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or we may give you our our ideas on how best to market your painting through other resources.