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Thomas Hart Benton, Self Portrait with Rita
National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution
Linda Sorensen and the Artists Who Inspire her Paintings
Missouri's Thomas Hart Benton 1889-1975
The second in a series of discussions by Linda L. Sorensen

I have chosen a few images to demonstrate the masterful composition and storytelling of Thomas Hart Benton. For the most part I will let these example paintings and the video speak to you for themselves.

He is considered a preeminent American Regionalist for his subject matters, most often people at work or even reporting events of human drama such as storms, floods, and other disasters. At least one commentator labels the style as combining elements of modernism and realism. But as with other unique visions, the style is so pronounced that it can only be described as Thomas Hart Benton's own. Benton changes angles or proportions for dramatic effect. My observation of many of the compositions is that he often cradles the subject matter in an arc of emphasized tree-trunk and leaves, a swoop of coastline and hills, and of course those signature clouds that wrap, tug, punctuate, and warn.

Benton produced more than 4000 paintings, most now in museums. During his lifetime, he fell into and out of favor. In fact, in some quarters he was only considered noteworthy because he was the teacher of Jackson Pollock. Now his recognition is so pronounced that when a museum gains a new acquisition, it is news. And the back story behind the paintings always fascinates. My bit of research yields information that the highest auction record was about $2.5 Million, with seven paintings having auctioned for more than $1 Million and many not far behind.

Very few of his paintings that I have seen are "only" landscapes. Storytelling is so important. There might be just a couple of horses, or a shack, or the depiction of weather, but more often the storytelling is intense. There is much written by and about Thomas Hart Benton, but I

From Art Critic Robert Hughes, first broadcast in 1997,
"Steamlines and Breadlines"
visions of the American rural eden - "The Regionalists" and Thomas Hart Benton. Includes interview clips with Thomas Hart Benton, Jessie Benton, daughter of Thomas Hart Benton, and a clip with Kansas City artist, Vincent Campanella.
Thomas Hart Benton Wreck of the ol 97 Train
Wreck of the ole '97 Train, 1944,
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

prefer that his images themselves explain and inspire. Others can talk about his training in Chicago and Paris, his background in and later pronounced rejection of modern or abstract art, his bitterness when the acclaim that accompanied the height of his career faded because of changing tastes. The Wall Street Journal book review linked at the end of this article comes to a somewhat similar closing thought - You need to look/absorb rather than debate.

Left: The Old 97 was an actual train - a mail train that ran on the Southern line from Washington D.C. to Danville, Virginia along the Blue Ridge. Mail trains captured the public's imagination because they dramatically sped through a station to pick up mail bags that were hung from hooks on the edge of the track. These trains also had a surprising number of wrecks (9,355 from 1876-1905!) due to the engineer's determination to deliver mail

on time. When Train 97 left Monroe, Virginia, on September 27, 1903, it was already an hour late because of delays further on up the line. Eyewitnesses claimed that it was going 90 miles an hour when it hit the curve leading to the Stillhouse Trestle, lost a flange on the wheel, and plunged 75 feet off the trestle into the ravine below.

Right: Thomas Hart Benton is renowned for his scenes of harvests and rural culture peopled by sinuous, elongated figures. This painting presents a group of hard-working, muscular field laborers who are using traditional tools to harvest grain in a gracefully undulating landscape. The intimate relationship between man and nature is articulated in the way the rise and bend of the figures echo the contours of the land.

Sources: The museums' descriptions of the works.

Thomas Hart Benton Cradling Wheat
Cradling Wheat,
1938 St. Louis Art Museum
Wall Street Journal article, America in All Its Ugly Beauty
Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN | St Louis Museum of Art
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The tragic tale of Emmanuel de Witte (1617-1692), Dutch Master of Interior Church Scenes
by Daniel Rohlfing

Emmanuel de Witte is celebrated today as a master of church interiors, but he wasn't much of a religious man. He created paintings for Protestants, Catholics and Jews alike. He is renowned for capturing the majesty of vast and illuminated interiors, from the apex of vaulted ceilings to the luxuriously marbled tile floors below, and his paintings were desired during his lifetime.

<emInterior_of_an_Imaginary_Catholic_Church_480.jpgpty>Interior of an Imaginary Catholic Church, 1668 Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, currently on exhibit at San Francisco's de Young, part of the "Girl with a Pearl Earring, Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis"

His painting "Interior of an Imaginary Catholic Church" is part of the current exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum, "Girl with the Pearl Earring, Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis," and enjoys much admiration offered by the exhibition's visitors.

But why is this Catholic Church "imaginary?" Here's why. There were no large Catholic churches in Holland during the 17th century. This imaginary church portrays the hopes of devote Dutch Catholics, showing a hoped-for vision of a Dutch Catholic Gothic church with an attentive priest.

In the late 1660's, Holland's Catholics practiced their faith in quiet, worshiping in clandestine churches often housed in private homes. Most Dutch Protestants viewed priests and monks as scapegoats, blaming them for a determined effort to keep the faithful in perpetual ignorance. This painting bears witness to a desire among Catholics for social acceptance and religious tolerance. It was probably commissioned by a Catholic patron to change Protestant minds and inspire Catholics to strive for acceptance within Dutch society.

Emmanuel de Witte's work is often contrasted with Dutch painter Pieter Jansz Saenredam who was known for his architectural accuracy, while de Witte's work is more concerned with atmospherics and storytelling, showing the lives of real Dutch people underneath the dazzling light and height of Gothic architecture.

Interior of the Oude Kerk, Delft, 1650-52 Metropolitan Museum of Art
Interior of a Protestant Gothic Church, 1668,
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

He was born in Alkmaar about 15 miles northwest of Amsterdam, and joined the Guild of St. Luke at age 19. He studied in Rotterdam prior to moving to Delft where he studied with Evert van Aelst. In 1655, he moved to Amsterdam where he painted churches from almost every angle.

He was a very creative artist, often combining elements of several churches, creating idealized scenes. He meant to please his patrons, whether Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish, and appears to have embraced ideas of religious freedom and ecumenical openness.

His figures are of real Dutch people in the dress of their day, often accompanied by their dogs. In his painting, "Interior of the Oude Kerk, Delft" (1650-1652), de Witte even has a dog lifting his leg next to a stately white marble column while two Dutch boys appear to be playing behind a neighboring column, not attending to their pet's conduct. Was this de Witt's sense of humor, an editorial comment, or the idea of his patron?

When de Witte was thirty-four years old, his wife Geerje Arents died. In 1655 at age thirty-eight, he married the much younger twenty-three year old Lysbeth van der Plas. The marriage had problems. Lysbeth was a bad influence on Emmanuel's daughter, ending with both his wife's and daughter's arrest for theft from a neighbor. Lysbeth was pregnant, and was forced to leave the city. She passed away in 1663 at age thirty-one.

Because of his wife's and daughter's crime, Emmanuel de Witte was forced to indenture himself to the Amsterdam notary and art dealer, Joris de Wijs. He was forced to surrender all his accumulated art work in exchange for room and board, and a stipend of 800 guilders annually. To de Witte, this probably seemed like artistic slavery.

Interior of a Protestant Gothic Church, 1669, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

He arrogantly ignored the contract, and ended up getting indentured further. There are records of de Witte engaging in poor behavior, shouting at his clients and at people watching him as he painted inside churches. There are others who claim he was involved in fighting and gambling.

Although he had more than his share of personal problems, his art seemed unaffected. In his day, his work sold, and today, he provides us a marvelous window into the Holland's Golden Age. He treated his church interiors like landscapes, capturing atmospherics and mood, the backdrop for a stage onto which he placed the people of his day, common Dutch people about their typical daily business, perhaps entering a church for meetings or conversation while out and about on errands.

But sadly, de Witte's life showed little resemblance to his art, and so it was with his death. At age 75 he successfully committed suicide, but botched the job. His plan was to hang himself from a canal bridge, but the rope broke and he fell, drowning in the cold water below. The night of his death, the canal froze over and his body was not recovered for eleven weeks.

Interior of a Church, 1680
, Cleveland Museum of Art

Interior of a Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam, 1680,
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. "The Esnoga Snog" still stands in Amsterdam.

At the time of his death, he was probably pitied by some of the same people he depicted in his paintings, and was subject of countless conversations in church interiors during the days and weeks following his death. But in retrospect, those same people shown in de Witte's paintings live on thanks to de Witte's paintings, and it is his name we remember, not theirs.

During its Golden Age, Holland was the world's most open society. The late 15th and the 16th century, the Catholic Church was feared for its purges conducted by the Inquisition throughout Europe. Many Spanish Jews fled to Portugal, and many of them left Portugal for Holland. In 1670, the Sephardic Jewish built a synagogue, completing it in 1675. The Synagogue still stands, and de Witte's painting "Interior of a Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam" captures a scene from from this Synagogue's earliest days. This painting was done for a Jewish patron, but is similar in tone and subject matter to de Witte's paintings of Christian churches.

Despite the harshness of his personal life and his tragic death, Emmanuel de Witte's artistic achievements live on.

The star of the de Young's current exhibition is Johannes Vermeer's The Girl wit the Pearl Earring, but there is much more to enjoy and treasure. Make plans now to visit this wondrous exhibition, and look closely and notice the exquisite detail these Dutch masters so skillfully were able to accomplish, especially An Interior of an Imaginary Catholic Church.
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Edwin Deakin Photo Portrait
Edwin Deakin (1838-1923), Image from Sunset publication circa 1900, Southern Pacific Company

Edwin Deakin's Paintings now at Sacramento's Crocker Museum
by Daniel Rohlfing

The paintings by Edwin Deakin pictured below are presently on display at Sacramento's Crocker Museum. Deakin is among California's best 19th century painters. His paintings are known for their brilliant light and color and their compelling composition. Walking through the Crocker's galleries of great California paintings, it was easy to identify his distinctive and pleasing work.

He was born of aristocratic stock in Sheffield, England. His natural artistic talents lead to a "japanning" apprenticeship, painting landscapes and floral designs on furniture. That early experience proved to be his only formal art training.

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Crocker Museum Sacramento

Yet, by age 18, he was a notable landscape artist in both England and France. While still 18, his family moved to Chicago in 1856 where his father had a hardware store. During and after the Civil War, Edwin did portraits of Civil War heros, exhibiting them at the Chicago Art Academy. He had a promising career within the Chicago art scene. But fifteen years after the family's arrival and courtesy of Mrs. O'Leary's cow, they lost their family business along with much of Edwin's artwork in the Chicago Fire of 1871.

At age thirty-two, Edwin moved to San Francisco where young Edwin embraced California. After establishing himself in California, he visited Paris between 1877 and 1879, where he traveled and painted in Europe and exhibited at the Paris Salon. In 1882-1883, he had a studio in Denver, and then returned to the Bay Area where he maintained his residence and studios in San Francisco and Berkeley the rest of his life. Among his artistic triumphs was a series of paintings of California's twenty-three missions. These paintings were helpful in campaigning for the preservation of the missions. He was also invited to be a member of the exclusive California Bohemian Club.

His work owes much to the successful romantic landscape painters he first encountered when he arrived in San Francisco: Thomas Hill, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Moran. His foreground trees silhouetted against sun drenched backgrounds were pleasing to the eye and his works were well received and acquired by the public.

Drive Near the Mission, 1876 Amid a foreground of silhouetted oaks and redwoods, a patch of sun illuminates a lone herdsman on horseback tending cattle with a sun drenched Spanish Mission and mountain in the background.

Cattle Drive Near the Mission Edwin Deakin
Drive Near the Mission (1876)

This painting tells of a prosperous moment in the life of late 19th century northern California.

Eglise de Chelles, 1879 This French Gothic church with a shepherd and flock is both architecturally accurate but also spiritual. Deakin's painterly treatment of this scene bears witness to the high esteem he had for the realist and Barbizon painters of France, especially Jean Francois Millet whose L'eglise de Greville inspired Deakin when he saw it at the Musee du Luxembourg.

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Eglise de Chelles (1879), reflecting Edwin Deakin's esteem for
Jean Francois Millet who painted L'egise de Greville in the early 1870's.

Christmas Day Hotel de Cluny Edwin Deakin
Christmas Morning, Hotel de Cluny, (after 1880, but not dated)

Christmas Morning, Hotel de Cluny, (after 1880, but not dated) In 1877, Deakin left California for Paris to seek out "the grand and picturesque." During his trip, Deakin sketched often at the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Hotel de Cluny and other notable architectural structures, sometimes with these structures adorned by snow. After his return to California in 1879, Deakin completed a painting entitled A Souvenir of Cluny, depicting a nun feeding sparrows on a snowy winter's day. An art critic of the San Francisco News Letter quipped, "Had the figure been omitted, it would have been a much better picture than it is." Deakin later produced Christmas Morning, Hotel de Cluny, perhaps heeding the critic's advice, featuring a stained glass window rather than the bird feeding nun.

Humboldt Mountains, Ruby Range Nevada (1882) Two years after he arrived in California, Deakin returned to Chicago on the train to convince his parents and siblings

Edwin Deakin Humboldt Mountains Ruby Range
Humboldt Mountains, Ruby Range Nevada (1882)

to move to California. As the train rattled on the tracks, Deakin busied himself with his sketchbook, taking in the sights along the Central Pacific Railway. He was impressed by the Wasatch Mountains of Eastern Utah and the Humbolt Mountains and River in Nevada, especially the run from Truckee to Reno.

Le Coin de Cuisine (Kitchen Corner) (1883) Prior to 1882, Deakin did not do still life paintings. Between 1875 and 1877, Deakin shared a Parisian studio with artist Samuel Marsden Brooks who is also represented in the Crocker Museum's collection. Brooks' specialty was still life which diminished the rivalry between the two artists, but Deakin was also influenced and encouraged by Brooks to do more still life. Although Deakin painted this in his San Francisco studio, it depicts a European scene, with the stone fireplace and snow dusted architecture through the window. Although not very visible in the photo to the right, underneath the peaked roof outside are carved the words "liberte, egalite, fraternite," the motto of the French Republic.

She Will Come Tomorrow (1888) from The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (1841). The story is a tragedy, of an orphan named Nell and her maternal grandfather who tries to provide for Nell by gambling. Instead of winning, the grandfather loses.

Le Coin des Cuisine Edwin Deakin
Le Coin de Cuisine (Kitchen Corner) (1883)
She Will Come Tomorrow Edwin Deakin
She Will Come Tomorrow (1888), derived from the title of Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop, published 47 years earlier in 1841.

To make matters worse, the grandfather suffers a breakdown and after a series of downturns, Nell dies. The painting shows the tragic end of the tale, when Nell's grandfather is mentally infirm, yet he visit's Nell's grave daily in anguish, awaiting her return. Elements in the painting show Nell's straw hat and lunch basket brought along by her grandfather. Her grave is highlighted by the sunlight falling on the stone slab.

On his European trip to find some inspiration, Deakin spent time in London and Paris among other European cities. Some of the paintings after this trip included narratives, like this one from Dickens' story. Here, Deakin set this tale in Westminster Abbey, testament to Deakin's love of old stone masonry and architecture. The birds visible through the open window into the courtyard reflect Charles Dickens' line, "where the birds sang sweetly all day long."

Strawberry Creek (1893), Berkeley. Edwin Deakin, like many San Francisco artists in the early 19th century, endured the problem of forged paintings marketed as originals. Deakin wrote, "There is no help for it that I can see. The only thing left for artists in San Francisco is to ... leave the city. There is no use trying to down the 'picture pirate.'"

Deakin followed up his sentiment with action, and moved across the bay to Berkeley in 1890. He bought a part of the Peralta estate. There he built a tile-roofed mission style home and studio where he remained for the next thirty-three years until his passing in 1923. Deakin found many subjects in Berkeley for his painting, with Strawberry Canyon being one of his favorite locales.

Strawberry Creek Edwin Deakin
Strawberry Creek (1893), Berkeley
Edwin Deakin Roses 1912
Grapes and Architecture Edwin Deakin
Grapes and Architecture (1908)

Roses (1912) In the first decade of the twentieth century, paintings of flowers both cultivated and wild became quite popular, especially in southern California. In Los Angeles, Paul De Longpre painted all kinds of flowers and vegetation, mostly in watercolor. In nearby Pasadena, Franz Bishoff became known as the King of the Rose painters. Spurred by the success of Paul de Longpre and Franz Bishoff, Edwin Deakin decided to offer up some friendly competition by creating some late career floral paintings of his own. As Deakin grew older, he continued to paint and exhibit. In this period of his career, he added paintings of profuse flowers, musical instruments, and other worthy objects to his still life paintings.

Grapes and Architecture (1908) In 1882, Edwin Deakin and his family spent a year in Denver. There, Deakin did new group of studio paintings he called "fruit studies." When Deakin returned to San Francisco, he continued doing fruit still lifes, and he often did grapes in front of stone walls and architecture. These paintings were well received and he continued doing them the rest of his professional life.

Today, Edwin Deakin is remembered as a romantic California painter. The crowning star of his career is a series of watercolor paintings of California's Spanish Missions, a project which he pursued for twenty-nine years. He is also known for his paintings of San Francisco's Chinatown and of the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire. He lived his last years in Berkeley, passing at the age of eighty-five.

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News from our Gallery
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  • We have recently put a couple of flower planters next to our front door to welcome gallery visitors with a splash of color. Our most recent effort including some vibrant Mexican primrose. We are sorry to report that our success was short lived, courtesy of our neighborhood deer who mistook our planters for deer feeding stations. So goes the well intentioned moments of running an art gallery.
  • A 50th Anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is being sponsored by the Bodega Bay Chamber of Commerce on March 23rd at the Bodega Bay Grange. Cost is $10.00, $5.00 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit arts programs at Bodega Bay Elementary, Pastures Preschool, and Tomales Elementary. Show times are 12:00, 3:30, and 7:00 PM.
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What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
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 ... "New to Us," Recently acquired works by Joshua Meador
plus Bodega Bay resident artists
Jean Warren (watercolors), Diane Perry (photography), and Linda Sorensen (oil paintings)
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The Ren Brown Collection
"Established in 1989 and specializes in contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific.

Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery

Local Color Artist Gallery
Now: Rik Olson, painting and printing scenes of coastal waters
Next: "Illusions" Abstract paintings by David Kingwill March 13th ~ April 21st

Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 |
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Rik Olson
What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Christopher Queen Gallery

IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
The Arts & Crafts Aesthetic through April, Recption, March 3 |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"Free Flight"
through March 30

Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
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

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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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IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Art
Host artist Janette LeGrue
Featuring local and national, award-winning artists:
Anne Blair Brown, Christin Coy, Timothy Horn, Debra Huse, Jeanette Le Grue,
John Poon, Randall Sexton, Brian Mark Taylor, and Antoinette Walker. /  
Open most weekends 12-5pm, and by appointment (707) 878-2525. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery
Linda Ratzlaff

IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Small Works - A juried show of mixed media artwork Feb 26 - Apr 7
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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IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
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IN PETALUMA Calabi Gallery
Sebastopol's own famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork.


144 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952 Call 707-781-94952 |Back to the Top
Right ... Yellow Eye (Protest) by Robert Pearson McChesney, 1946, Oil on Masonite

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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
4 Weavers: Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Craft
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Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
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Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area

The Walt Disney Family Museum
(See their new website!)

Special Exhibition: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
through Apri 14
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
Girl with a Pearl Earring:
Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis

Jan 26 - Jun 2

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

-Royal Treasures from the Louvre,
Louis 14 to Marie-Antoinette ... through Mar 17

-Impressionists on the Water ... Jun 1 - Oct 13

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum
- California Dreaming
Jewish Life in the Bay Area from
the Gold Rush to the Present
through Apr 28
-The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
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Oakland Museum of California

ongoing Gallery of California Art
-showcasing over 800 works from the OMCA's collection
-Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement through Mar 24

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San Francisco

Lebbeus Woods, Architect through Jun 2
Garry Winogrand, through Jun 2

Selections from the SFMOMA Collection

Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum
-Tools as Art: the Hechinger Collection
of Contemporary Art Mar 9 - Jun 2

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Usable, Lovable Peanuts
December 15, 2012 to April 28, 2013

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Hearst Art Gallery
Revolutionary Island: Tales of Cuban History & Culture
The Sarah & Darius Anderson Collection
Through Mar 24

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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 95476 (707) 939-7862
-Revolutionary Island: Tales of Cuban History and Culture, The Sarah & Darius Anderson Collection, through Mar 24
-Roger Shimomura" Minidoka on my Mind, Apr 6 - Jun 16

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Grace Hudson Museum

The Hupa People
through May 5

Grace Hudson Museum Bolinas
Bolinas Museum
featuring their permanent collection,

including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch,
Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby, Russell Chatham,
Alfred Farnsworth.

(thumbnail right ... a portion of
Elizabeth Holland McDaniel's Bolinas Embarcadero.
The green roof building on Wharf Street
is the Bolinas Museum)
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Walnut Creek
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts

Peaceable Kingdom: Animals Real and Imagined
Mar 3 - May 19

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
Chuck Close: Works on Paper
through Mar 31

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
Approaching Infinity:
The Richard Green Collection of Meticulous Abstraction

through May 5 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
Lasting Impressions: Twenty Years of the irvine Museum
   through Jun 6
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

Van Gogh to Munch: ongoing
Scenery, Story, Spirit: ongoing
California Dreaming, through Jun 16

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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

-California Scene Paintings, 1930-1960, through Jul 28
through Feb 24
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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Shadows on the Mesa
through Jun 16

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

Seattle Art Museum

Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

through Apr 28: The Civil War and American Art
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.

Marvin Cone: An America Master
Sep 29 - Jan 30, 2013

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
Opening May 19
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