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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
November 2018
an on-line fine art gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
celebrating Historic California painting

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Ferdinand Burgdorff Lone Cypress
Ferdinand Burgdorff,
Lone Cypress,
Pebble Beach, 1956

Oil on board, 16 x 20

James Tissot, Too Early
French Impressionists in exile
in London, 1870-1904,

James Tissot

Now available
at Bodega Landmark Studio Gallery
Linda Sorensen Contours Ink Grade
Contours, Ink Grade, 24 x 30

French Impressionists in exile in London, 1870-1904 James Tissot, 1836-1902
by Daniel Rohlfing

Exterior, The Petit Palais
The Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux - Arts de la Ville de Paris
In August of this year, Linda and I visited the Petit Palais in Paris. Their exhibition at the time was "Impressionists in London: French Artists in Exile."

The exhibition featured works by Monet, Whistler, Pissarro, and many other impressionists, and a large number of works by James Tissot.

Prior to our visit, we did not know much about Tissot, but we knew of him. We were impressed by two stunning examples of his work at San Francisco's de Young and Legion of Honor.

James Tissot's The Political Woman (1883-85) was exhibited in San Francisco as part of the Jewel City: Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915. In October of 2015, it returned for the de Young Museum's exhibition Art from San Francisco's Panama Pacific Exposition, 1915. (See the January 2016 issue of our newsletter.)

Tissot's The Shop Girl 1883-1885 was part of the Legion of Honor's Degas and the Paris Millinery Trade during the summer and fall of 2017. (See the August 2017 issue of our newsletter.)

But who was James Tissot? The Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the subsequent failure of the

James Tissot (1836-1902), L'ambitieuse (The Political Woman) 1883-85 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY Jewel City, Art from San Francisco's  Panama Pacific Exposition, 1915 SF's de Young Museum, Oct 17, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
James Tissot (1836-1902),
L'ambitieuse (The Political Woman) 1883-85
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo,
Gift of William M. Chase, 1909 (1909 - 10)

James Tissot, 1836-1902 The Shop Girl, 1883-1885  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada SF's Legion of Honor, Jun 24 - Sep 24, 1017
James Tissot, 1836-1902
The Shop Girl, 1883-1885 
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A video sampling of Tissot's paintings of finely dressed women

Second Empire and the Paris Commune were troubling times and caused many French artists to seek safety across the English Channel. At the time, the British Empire was at its zenith. London was the safest and most prosperous city on the globe with a thriving art market. The French impressionists brought modernity to the English art market, while London gave the artists a place to thrive.

James Tissot came to London in 1871. He had fought in the Franco-Prussian War, serving as part of the improvised defense of Paris, joining

Les Adieux (The Farewells), 1871
Les Adieux (The Farewell)
, 1871

The execution of communards by the French government in front of the wood fortifications Boulogne, May 29, 1871
Sketched by Tissot, The execution of communards by the French government in front of the wood fortifications
, May 29, 1871

two companies of the Garde Nationale and later as part of the Paris Commune.

When the Commune ended during the week of bloodshed, Communards were court-martialed en masse and many were executed. Tissot witnessed and recorded some of these executions and, having been associated with the Communards, fled for London shortly after witnessing this scene.

Done the same year Tissot left Paris for London, The Farewell shows an all too common scene. Some speculate that this Tissot scene is autobiographical.

Here, the couple's formalized dress with beautiful textures and adornments runs counter to the emotions felt as this couple is being torn apart. The black iron fence symbolizes the harsh reality of their parting. Their anguish runs deep as they cling together, holding hands in their last precious moments together. The scissors hanging from the woman's black cloak is also symbolic of their separation.

Trop tot (Too Early), 1873
Trop tot (Too Early)
, 1873

Tissot made his mark in London as a genre painter, creating paintings depicting everyday life. Genre painting became popular during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. At the end of the 19th century, Tissot made his mark at London's Royal Academy of Art with genre paintings of fashionably dressed ladies.

In Trop tot, these fashionable people violate a social norm by arriving too early for a social event. To the left, the hostess is giving instructions to the musicians.

James Tissot had a network of friends in England before he moved.

James Tissot, Bal sur le pont (The Ball on Shipboard), 1874
James Tissot, Bal sur le pot (The Ball on Shipboard), 1874

Portrait of Frederick Burnaby, 1870
Portrait of Frederick Burnaby
, 1870

He painted this portrait of Frederick Burnaby a year before he moved to London. Burnaby had just invested in a new British periodical, Vanity Fair. The portrait was done in the home of another of Tissot's friends, Thomas Gibson Bowles, the founder of Vanity Fair.

Bal sur la pot is an ambitious painting with more than twenty finely dressed figures. In August, wealthy Londoners fled the city for milder climates, many traveling to the Isle of Wight. There they amused themselves watching yacht races and each other. This scene of a shipboard summer ball gives an opportunity to dress up and show off elegant attire.
The recently widowed French ex-empress Eugenie and her son Louis, (now wearomg a British artillery officer's uniform) Camden Place Park, Chrislehurst
The recently widowed French
ex-empress Eugenie and her son Louis,
James Tissot, Chut! (Hush!), 1774
James Tissot, Chut! (Hush!), 1874

A year after Napoleon III died in 1873, Tissot painted Ex-empress Eugenie and her son in Camden Place Park, Chislehurst (just south of London). Louis is wearing a British artillery officer's uniform. He died in uniform in 1879 fighting as a British soldier in the Zulu War.

The violinist in Chut! is Wilhelmine (Wilma) Neruda, a celebrated Austrian violinist visiting London. In this well attended parlor concert are pictured some well known artists from Tissot's artistic circle. This painting was an immediate critical success as it was purchased by an upscale gallery owner for 1,200 guineas (A guinea is a quarter ounce of gold.)
James Tissot, L'Ete (Summer), 1876
James Tissot, L'Ete (Summer), 1876
La Galerie du H.M.S. Calcutta, Portsmouth, 1876
La Galleria du H.M.S. Calcutta, Portsmouth, 1876

L'Ete is a departure for Tissot. In 1877, he ceased exhibiting with the Royal Academy, aligning himself instead with the "aesthetic movement" promoted by his friends James Whistler and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The aesthetic movement strived to create art for art's sake, rather than burdening art with a social and political ideology.

Le Pique-Nique (The Picnic), 1876
Le Pique-Nique (The Picnic)
, 1876

In La Galerie du H.M.S. Calcutta, Tissot explores subtle nuances of flirtation and attraction, playfully nudging Victorian propriety and social convention as the woman behind the fan continues her flirtation. The painting was sternly criticized. The author Henry James dismissed it as "hard, vulgar and banal."

For Tissot, Le Pique-Nique is an English painting with a French accent. Tissot echoes plein air French scenes painted by his friends Edouard Manet and Claude Monet. The painting was done in the backyard of Tissot's London home. The ornamental pool and its cast iron colonnade were inspired by the Parc Monceau in Paris.

In 1870's London, a popular theme in paintings, novels and newspapers was the choice to be made between two potential lovers. And so it is in Tissot's Sur La Tamis, this trio of figures in a small steamboat navigating hazards through the greyish weather and waters of the ship-crowded Thames.

Tissot was comfortable painting nautical themes, having grown up in Nantes, France, a port city. He was also comfortable painting fabrics with attention to color, texture and detail. His mother designed hats and his father operated a successful drapery shop.

Sur La Tamis (On the Thames), 1876
Sur La Tamis (On the Thames)
, 1876
Le Chantier naval de Portsmouth (The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard), vers 1877
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, 1877
La Lecture dans de parc (Reading in the Park), 1881
La Lecture dans de parc (Reading in the Park)
, 1881

In The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Tissot revisits the same theme he used in Sur la Tamis, this time in Portsmouth.

In Reading in the Park, Tissot paints a lovely portrait of his muse and companion, Kathleen Newton, a young Irish woman who is doing her best to pose. At the time, she was suffering the beginning stages of tuberculosis which eventually took her life a year after this portrait was painted.

In future issues, we will report on other artists included in this exhibition, including Claude Monet's paintings of London. Six of his British Parliament paintings were the highlight of this exhibition.

The Petit Palais: Impressionists in London | Back to the Top

Notes ... Linda Sorensen's studio and Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Showroom

Two Exceptional exhibitions ...
The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University in Orange, California has a new exhibition, Bay Area Scene Paintings. If you live in the Southland or are visiting there, this is a "must see." But additionally we recommend that Bay Area art fans make the trip because of the excellence of selections by curator Gordon McClelland of notable artists' paintings of San Francisco and Oakland as they were. We will feature this exhibition in our December Newsletter.

Nearby (11.2 miles according to Google Maps), the Irvine Museum is opening a new exhibition November 10 of paintings of the California Coast. The exhibition includes California impressionists Guy Rose, Rex Brandt, Frank Cuprien, Granville Redmond, Edgar Payne, Ruth Peabody, Arthur Rider, William Ritschel, Donna Schuster, George Gardner Symons, Elmer Wachtel, and William Wendt.

Lee Blair,
Cable Car Celebration
through April 27, 2019
Curated by Gordon McClelland

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
WILLIAM Ritschel Returning Home
Returning Home
William Ritschel
Upon a Painted Ocean:
An Ode to the California Coast

Opening November 10 through March 30, 2019

The Irvine Museum
18881 Von Karman Ave, Ste 100
Irvine, CA, Tue - Sat, 11-5, (admission is free, donations appreciated)
George Symons California Coast
California Coast,
George Gardner Symons
At the Landmark Gallery
in Bodega
Linda Sorensen Cypress Over Highway One
Linda Sorensen's
Cypress over Highway One
9 x 12

Linda Sorensen's paintings are also currently showing at:

Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection,
located inland in the town of Bodega, west end of town a half block from the Casino, and just across from the recently opened General Store and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. GEMS FROM LINDA'S NEW SERIES OF VINEYARD PAINTINGS HAVE JUST BEEN PUT ON DISPLAY.

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 Studio Gallery
6th Street Playhouse, The "RED SHOES" 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 at Easel at Monte Rio Redwood Cabin Studio
Linda Sorensen at her easel
Linda Sorensen's Studio is now open in Graton.

Visits are by appointment only,
except for events such as Atelier One HANDS ON ART,
Art @ The Source and ART TRAILS
The gate/doors are generally locked on weekends
We must make arrangements with you for entry.
or email Linda at

Linda Sorensen New Beginnings
New Beginnings
, 20 x 16

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

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
featuring Joshua Meador and Linda Sorensen
and Historic Paintings of California

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

707-875-2922 | | Back to the Top
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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
Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

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

Art Trails Exhibition ... through Oct 21
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 |

--The art of Alejandro Salazar
-through Nov 24
-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
Linda Ratzlaff

IN GRATON Graton Gallery

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

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
upcoming ... Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey
Nov 17 - Apr 7
Permanent Collection

De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
California Historical Society

California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

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

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
Oakland Museum of California

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

Oakland Museum Thumbnail

San Francisco

Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings
through March 10

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

Sonoma County Museum Thumbnail
Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

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

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

Bolinas Museum

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
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.
San Jose Museum of Art Thumbnail
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
Capitol Museum Sacramento Thumbnail Stockton's Treasure!
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:
& "Levitated Mass"
American paintings currently unavailable due to
museum renovations
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine (now part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
Once Upon a Painted Ocean
Opens Nov 10 - through Mar 30

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

New Exhibition ... Bay Area Scene Painting
Oct 27 - 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
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
& 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
-John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age
through Sep 30
-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

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    

By appointment only or online ... email or call ... / 707-875-2911

... IN GRATON, CA ...
Linda Sorensen's studio and Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's showroom is now is located in Atelier One, Graton. You may view all paintings in Linda Sorensen's or Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's online offerings. Call or email for an appointment.

... IN YOUR HOME ... Call or email for a an appointment. For a fee, we'll bring the art to you (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay). Sales above $5,000, the travel fee is refunded.

... ON LINE ... Call or email about pieces which interest you. We offer FedEx shipping (included in price) in the U.S for major purchases.

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, ... 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.