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Claude Monet by his Lily Pond at Giverny 1905
Claude Monet: The Nature of Truth
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A Visit to Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature at the Denver Art Museum
through Feb 2 ... by Daniel Rohlfing
Denver Art Museum Exterior
The Denver Art Museum exterior

"Claude Monet: The Nature of Truth" provides examples of Monet's work done over seven decades with paintings done in France, England, Holland, Norway and Italy. The exhibition begins with two photos and two paintings serving as bookends of his long fascinating life and career.

Claude Monet; The Truth of Nature
Claude Moneet in 1860 at age 20
Claude Monet in 1860 at age 20

The first photo is of Monet at age 20, next to his painting, View from Rouelles painted in 1858 when Monet was 18 years old. This is Monet's first well known painting, done while on an excursion from his coastal hometown of Le Havre with his mentor, 16 years his senior, Eugene Boudine. View from Rouelles is an exceptionally sophisticated painting for having been done by such a young artist, and shows his early ability to capture the essence of light.

Claude Monet, View from Rouelles, 1858 Marunuma Art Park, Asaka, Japan
Claude Monet, View from Rouelles, 1858
Marunuma Art Park, Asaka, Japan

The second photo is of Monet 45 years later at age 65 next to his Water-Lily Pond done in 1918 when Monet was 78 years old.

Monet was no longer able to trek over the hills of the Normandy coast to seek out rugged locales and his eyesight was troubled by cataracts. Yet, his work shows the same interest in light and color he had shown as a young artist. Now more evolved, his work showed a mastery and sensitivity gained only through many years of experience.

Claude Monet by his lily pond, 1905, age 65
Claude Monet by his lily pond, 1905, age 65
Claude Monet, Water-Lily Pond, c1918 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Water-Lily Pond, c1918
Private Collection
Beginnings; Normandy and the Forest of Fontainebleau ... paintings from 1862 - 1873
Claude Monet, Farmyard in Normandy, 1862-63 Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Claude Monet, Farmyard in Normandy, 1862-63
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

It was his mentor, Eugene Bowden who introduced Money to oils and schooled him in the work of the Barbizon painters. Monet quickly learned to love painting outdoors and explored the nature of light and color, especially the work work by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot.

Claude Monet, The Seashore at Sainte-Adresse, 1864 Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Claude Monet, The Seashore at Sainte-Adresse, 1864
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

When Monet got to Paris in the 1860's, he met other art students who shared an enthusiasm for the teachings of the Barbizon painters, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Frederick Bazille.

Claude Monet, Coastal Landscape, c1864 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Claude Monet, Coastal Landscape, c1864
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Claude Monet, La Pointe de La Heve at Low Tide, 1865 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Claude Monet, La Pointe de La Heve at Low Tide, 1865
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX

Monet held the Barbizon painters in reverence the rest of his life, especially Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. In 1897 when Monet was 57, he was asked about the birth of impressionism. He said, "There is only one master here, Corot. We are nothing compared to him, nothing."

Claude Monet, Path into the Forest, 1865 Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany
Claude Monet, Path into the Forest, 1865
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany
Claude Monet, Haystacks at Chailly, 1865 San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Claude Monet, Haystacks at Chailly, 1865
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Claude Monet, The Port of Le Havre, Night Effect, 1873 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Port of Le Havre, Night Effect, 1873
Private Collection
Modern Life; Paris and its Surroundings ... paintings from 1870 ... 1878

In the 1860's, any aspiring artist would want to have been in Paris. The city bustled with energy and there were many opportunities for artists to exhibit their work.

The Academy of Fine Arts sponsored the annual salon. Their venue supreme, and for young artists like Monet, it was the place to be for recognition, and resulting sales and commissions.

But the Academy of Fine Arts held to exacting principles and definitions of art, dictating to participating artists what and how to paint. As leaders of the established art world in Paris, they distanced themselves from the cutting edge of the avant garde.

Monet and his impressionist friends rejected the Academy's rules. Instead, they experimented with loose brush work and pure unblended colors in order to capture the light and movement they observed directly in nature and in everyday life.

Claude Monet, The Beach at Trouville, 1870 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Claude Monet, The Beach at Trouville, 1870
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Claude Monet, The Pont-Neuf, 1871 Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Claude Monet, The Pont-Neuf, 1871
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Claude Monet, Boulevard des Capucines, 1873-74 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Claude Monet, Boulevard des Capucines, 1873-74
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Paris provided may locales for plein air painting, and newly established train routes offered day trips to locations and resort towns outside the city.

"The impressionists," including Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley organized the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors and engravers to exhibit independently. The group's first exhibition in 1874 included Monet's Impression Sunrise. Art critic Louis Leroy borrowed part of Monet's painting's title and coined the term "Impressionism," his way of disparaging the entire exhibition and the Society. What an all time miscalculation. Instead of being insulted, "the Impressionists" adopted the name and its fame has grown ever since.

Like his fellow impressionists, Monet did not shy from the urban scenes of Paris, yet his figures, centrally placed are not the center of attention. For him, the landscape was supreme. He places importance on the sky, the haze, the smoke above that of the figures and structures in the scene. Buildings are not shown in architectural detail and trees do not have defined leaves or branches. In Monet's compositions, they loom vertically above scenes of people like walls of a canyon along side a river.

Claude Monet, The Tuileries, 1876 Musee Marmottan, Paris, France
Claude Monet, The Tuileries, 1876
Musee Marmottan, Paris, France
Claude Monet, The Parc Monceau, 1878 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Claude Monet, The Parc Monceau, 1878
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Claude Monet, The Rose Bushes in the Garden at Montgeron, 1876 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Rose Bushes in the Garden at Montgeron, 1876
Private Collection
Escape; The Netherlands
Claude Monet, The Drawbridge, Amsterdam, 1870-71 Shelburne Museum, Shelburn, VT
Claude Monet, The Drawbridge, Amsterdam, 1870-71
Shelburne Museum, Shelburn, VT

Monet's model and mother of his first born child in 1867 was Camille Doncieux. They were married on June 28, 1870 just before the Franco-Prussian War. To escape the war, Claude and Camille first stayed in Holland for four months and then lived briefly in London.

Boats of Zaandam, 1871 Private Collection
Boats of Zaandam, 1871
Private Collection

Monet was thrilled with the Dutch town of Zaandam, its criss-crossing canals, windmills, colorful houses and boats. He wrote to Pissarro saying, "It is marvelous for painting here, houses of all colors, hundreds of windmills and ravishing boats."

Claude Monet, Windmills near Zaandam, 1871 The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Claude Monet, Windmills near Zaandam, 1871
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Claude Monet, Windmills near Zaandam, 1871 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Claude Monet, Windmills near Zaandam, 1871
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Claude Monet, The Landing Stage, 1871 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Landing Stage, 1871
Private Collection

Claude Monet, The Port of Zaandam, 1871 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Port of Zaandam, 1871
Private Collection

Claude Monet, Tulip Fields at Sassenheim, 1886 Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Claude Monet, Tulip Fields at Sassenheim, 1886
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

Between 1870 and 1880, Monet visited Holland several times, creating 42 paintings, most done in Amsterdam and Zaandam and their surrounding areas.

Years after it was painted, Monet's The Landing Stage was believed to be a pleasant scene along the Seine River in France. But thanks to a distinctive house behind the woman silhouetted against her pink parasol, the scene has been identified as being along the Zaan River in Holland.

Later visits to Holland included Monet's paintings of tulip fields. Monet delighted in the smears of brilliant color. Standing in front of Tulip Fields at Sassenheim, I couldn't help but wonder what fun Monet had painting this scene.

Settling In; Argenteuil ... paintings from 1872 - 1875
Claude Monet, The Old Rue de la Chaussee at Argenteuil, 1872 Christie's
Claude Monet, The Old Rue de la Chaussee at Argenteuil, 1872
Christie's
Claude Monet, Argenteuil, Late Afternoon, 1872 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Argenteuil, Late Afternoon, 1872
Private Collection

In December of 1871, Claude Monet and his wife Camille returned to France from their stay in Holland and London. They settled in Argenteuil, a 15 minute train ride from Paris. Argenteuil was a weekend haven for Parisians, a pastoral and serene setting next to the Seine offering Monet natural scenes with boats, water reflections and calm. It foreshadows his later moves to other river towns, Vetheuil and Giverny as Monet retreated ever farther from Paris into the French countryside.

Claude Monet, Argenteuil, c1872 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Claude Monet, Argenteuil, c1872
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Claude Monet, Apple Trees in Blossom, 1872 Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Claude Monet, Apple Trees in Blossom, 1872
Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Claude Monet, Autumn on the Seine, Argenteuil, 1873 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Claude Monet, Autumn on the Seine, Argenteuil, 1873
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Claude Monet, The Artist's House at Argenteuil, 1873 The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Claude Monet, The Artist's House at Argenteuil, 1873
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Monet was only 32 when he and Camille rented a house in Argenteuil. The young couple was poor, but these were happy years for them. The Artist's House in Argenteuil shows Camille at the front door while their son Jean plays with a hoop in the garden.

Claude Monet, The Banks of the Seine at Petit-Gennevilliers, 1874 John and Marine van Vlissingen Art Foundation, Zeist, The Netherlands
Claude Monet, The Banks of the Seine at Petit-Gennevilliers, 1874
John and Marine van Vlissingen Art Foundation, Zeist, The Netherlands
Claude Monet, At Le Petit-Gennevilliers, c1874 Private Collection, Asia
Claude Monet, At Le Petit-Gennevilliers, c1874
Private Collection, Asia

Monet did have some success at this time, winning a silver medal in Le Havre, but piled high in debt, creditors seized many of Monet's paintings. They were rescued (purchased) by a friend and patron, a shipping merchant named Gaudibert who was also a patron of Monet's mentor, Eugene Boudin. In 1872, the art dealer Paul Durand Ruel who supported the impressionist painters provided enough sales to give Monet enough economic stability to remain in Argenteuil with no big money worries.

Claude Monet, The Geese, 1874 Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Claude Monet, The Geese, 1874
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Claude Monet, The Geese (closeup), 1874 Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Claude Monet, The Geese (close-up), 1874
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Claude Monet, The Seine at Argenteuil, 1875 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Seine at Argenteuil, 1875
Private Collection

In 1873, Monet purchased a small boat and constructed his floating studio. He used it to painted natural river bank scenes and once invited Edouard Manet and his wife to pose on the boat as Monet did a portrait of the couple. Manet returned the favor and painted a portrait of Claude and Camille on the boat.

The Geese is an example of the perspective his boat studio provided. Had he painted these same geese from shore, it would have been a totally different composition.

In April of 1873, Monet met with Pissarro and Sisley to discuss founding an artist's association. This lead to the Societe Anonyme Cooperative d'Artists which became a reality in December of 1873.

In April of 1874, the association's first exhibition was held in Paris, and art critic Louis Leroy despairingly referred to the group as "impressionists."

Pure Landscapes, Vetheuil
Claude Monet, The Church at Vetheuil, 1878 Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
Claude Monet, The Church at Vetheuil, 1878
Halcyon Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Claude Monet, The Road to Vetheuil, 1879 The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Claude Monet, The Road to Vetheuil, 1879
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

In 1876, Camille became ill with tuberculosis. She gave birth to their second son Michael in March of 1878. The birth further weakened Camille, already in fading health.

To care for Camille and keep financially afloat, the family moved to Vetheuil where they shared a house with the family of Ernest and Alice Hoschede. Ernest and Alice had been comparatively wealthy, owning a successful department store in Paris and they were also had been one of Monet's patrons. But in 1877, Ernest Hoschede went bankrupt, and compromises had to be made.

As Camille's nursing needs increased, Alice Hoschede helped out, providing nursing care for Camille and child care for her son and her newborn, and being an emotional friend for Claude. It is suspected that Claude and Alice had an affair as early as 1876. Whatever was going on, Alice supported Claude while befriending and caring for Camille. It was an unlikely family arrangement, but a natural one for them, given the circumstances.

Claude Monet, The Meadow at Vetheuil, 1879 Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Claude Monet, The Meadow at Vetheuil, 1879
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Claude Monet, The Meadow at Vetheuil (closeup), 1879 Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Claude Monet, The Meadow at Vetheuil (close-up), 1879
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

Artistically during this period, Monet became withdrawn. He painted not only to keep up the family income, but also for his personal therapy. He work was more introspective, painting more pure landscapes with few figures. Even when he did use figures, they were indistinct. In The Meadow at Vetheuil, 1879, the children playing in the Meadow seem swallowed up by their surroundings. It may reflect Monet's feelings about his life, engulfed with problems beyond his control.

Claude Monet, Banks of the Seine at Lavacourt, 1879 Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Claude Monet, Banks of the Seine at Lavacourt, 1879
Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Claude Monet, Vetheuil in Summer, 1879 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Claude Monet, Vetheuil in Summer, 1879
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Claude Monet, The Seine at Vetheuil, c1880 Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Claude Monet, The Seine at Vetheuil, c1880
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Claude Monet, The Garden at Vetheuil, 1881 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Garden at Vetheuil, 1881
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Wheat Field, 1881 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Wheat Field, 1881
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Landscape in the Ile Saint-Martin, 1881 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Landscape in the Ile Saint-Martin, 1881
Private Collection

Later in 1878, Camille was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She was ill for months, passing away on September 5, 1879 at the young age of 32. Claude, seven years older, was only 39.

Claude was understandably depressed during Camille's illness and the months and years after her death. He his children continued to live with Alice Hoschede and her children. They move briefly to Poissy and later to Giverny where Claude rented the house he would soon own and remain the rest of his life.

While Alice lived with Monet, her husband spent longer and longer periods away in Paris. Ernest Hoschede did not live a healthy life style, drinking and eating to excess and suffering gout. As his health declined, Alice moved to Paris to care for him. He died a poor man in 1891.

At the request of Ernest and Alice's children, Ernest was buried at Givery with Monet paying all funeral expenses. Alice and Claude were married the next year, 1892. The couple remained married for nearly 19 years until Alice's death in 1911.

In Winter; France and Norway ... paintings from 1875 - 1899
Claude Monet, Frost, 1875 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Frost, 1875
Private Collection

From his mid-twenties to his late 50's, Monet enjoyed painting white winter scenes. The most famous is entitled The Magpie resides at the Musee d'Orsay, and is a favorite of millions of Monet fans.

Claude Monet, Frost, 1880 Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Claude Monet, Frost, 1880
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

Monet loved the subtlety of winter light, and nuances of color as light is reflected and refracted in the air and by the snow and ice. Monet believed white is the most complex of all colors, and demonstrates it time and time again.

Claude Monet, The Break-up of the Ice, 1880 University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Claude Monet, The Break-up of the Ice, 1880
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
Claude Monet, Sunset at Lavacourt, 1880 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Sunset at Lavacourt, 1880
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Frost at Giverny, 1885 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Frost at Giverny, 1885
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Coming into Giverny in Winter, 1885 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Coming into Giverny in Winter, 1885
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Snow Effect at Limetz, 1886 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Snow Effect at Limetz, 1886
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Floating Ice in Bennecourt, 1893 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Floating Ice in Bennecourt, 1893
Private Collection

In 1895 at the age of 45, he traveled to Norway for a two-month long stay with the purpose of capturing snow blanketed views of the countryside. During his stay, he painted 29 Norwegian canvases. He traveled with Jacques Hoshede, Alice's son, who was in Oslo for business.

Claude Monet, The Houses in the Snow, Norway, 1895 Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, The Houses in the Snow, Norway, 1895
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, Skaters at Giverny, 1899 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Skaters at Giverny, 1899
Private Collection
Rocky Sea and Sky; Northern Coasts ... paintings from 1881 - 1897
Claude Monet, Boat Lying at Low Tide, 1881 Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Claude Monet, Boat Lying at Low Tide, 1881
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Claude Monet, The Beach at Fecamp, 1881 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Beach at Fecamp, 1881
Private Collection

Having grown up in Le Havre where the Seine meets the Atlantic, Monet had an inborn love of water. From is earliest memories and throughout his life Monet pondered the properties of water and the effect it had with light.

After Camille died in 1879, Monet visited the coast many times, visiting the coastal towns north of Le Havre, Etretat, Fecamp, Pourville, Petites-Dalles, and a small island off the coast off Le Havre, Belle Ile.

He was fascinated by the coast and the interactions of rock, sea and sky. Unlike his tranquil Seine River scenes, his paintings of cliffs and white capped waters shows nature's full force. Often, he would look at cliffs from a high vantage point to maximize the dramatic interchange of land, sea and sky.

Sometimes, he did not venture out of his hotel, choosing to paint the boats he saw from his hotel window in Etretat.

Claude Monet, Boats on the Beach at Pourville, Low Tide, 1882 The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
Claude Monet, Boats on the Beach at Pourville, Low Tide, 1882
The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
Claude Monet, The Rocks at Pourville, Low Tide, 1882 Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Claude Monet, The Rocks at Pourville, Low Tide, 1882
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Claude Monet, House of the Customs Officer, Varengeville, 1882 Harvard Art Museums, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
Claude Monet, House of the Customs Officer, Varengeville, 1882
Harvard Art Museums, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
Claude Monet, Edge of the Cliff at Pourville, 1882 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Edge of the Cliff at Pourville, 1882
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville, 1882 Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville, 1882
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, The Cliff, Etretat, Sunset, 1882-83 North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Claude Monet, The Cliff, Etretat, Sunset, 1882-83
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Claude Monet, The Manneporte Seen from the East, 1883 Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, displayed at a variety of museums, Including the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Claude Monet, The Manneporte Seen from the East, 1883
Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, displayed at a variety of museums, Including the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Claude Moneet, Fishing Boats, 1883 Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, Fishing Boats, 1883
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, Low Tide at Les Petites-Dalles, 1884 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Low Tide at Les Petites-Dalles, 1884
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Etretat, the Cliff and the Porte d'Aval, 1885 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Etretat, the Cliff and the Porte d'Aval, 1885
Private Collection
Claude Moneet, Fishing Boats at Etretat, 1885 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Claude Moneet, Fishing Boats at Etretat, 1885
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Claude Monet, The Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d'Aval, 1885-86 Private Collectrion
Claude Monet, The Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d'Aval, 1885-86
Private Collectrion

Monet visited the coast near Etretat in Normandy four consecutive years. 1983-86. He was captivated by the drama vertical cliffs meeting an ever changing sky and sea. He created more than fifty paintings from these locations.

In September of 1886, Monet spent two weeks on Belle Ile, the largest of the Breton Islands off the coast from Le Havre. He went to the island looking for different atmospheres for his paintings of the shore. The uncompromising landscape with its constantly changing weather made it difficult for Monet to reach the locations which interested him the most. Sheer cliffs and dizzying overhangs did not deter him. He would set up his easel on the edge of the void and remain there, stubbornly painting on as the winds blew.

Claude Monet, Rocks at Belle-Ile, Port Domois, 1886 Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Claude Monet, Rocks at Belle-Ile, Port Domois, 1886
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Claude Monet, Lion Rock, Rocks at Belle-Ile, I886 Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Claude Monet, Lion Rock, Rocks at Belle-Ile, I886
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Claude Monet, The Pointe du Petit Ailly in Gray Weather, 1897 The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
Claude Monet, The Pointe du Petit Ailly in Gray Weather, 1897
The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
Claude Monet, The Coastguard's Cabin, 1897 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Coastguard's Cabin, 1897
Private Collection
Southern Light, Bordighera, Antibes, and Venice ... from three trips to Italy,
Claude Monet, Villas at Bordighera, 1884 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Villas at Bordighera, 1884
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Strada Romana at Bordighera, 1884 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Strada Romana at Bordighera, 1884
Private Collection

It was in 1883 at the age of 43 that Monet first discovered Bordighera on a trip to the Mediterranean coast with his friend and fellow painter Auguste Renoir. On their way to ItalyMonet and Renoir paid a visit to Paul Cezanne at l'Estaque, a small fishing port outside of Marseille where he resided. They then spent several weeks in Bordighera, a small Italian town just across the border from the French Riviera. Monet complained the local vegetation was hard to paint, no isolated trees and or vast spaces. But he was fascinated by the kaleidoscope of colors. The light bouncing off the Mediterranean was unlike any he had experienced before. He felt he needed jewel-like colors to accurately render the buildings, palm trees and azure water.

Claude Monet, View of Bordighera, 1884 The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Claude Monet, View of Bordighera, 1884
The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Claude Monet, The Fort of Antibes, 1888 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Fort of Antibes, 1888
Private Collection

Monet returned to the French Riviera in 1888, visiting the old town of Antibes. Monet's art dealer in Paris, Paul Durand-Ruel suggested Monet visit this city. Monet loved the light but it also troubled him. From Antibes, he wrote a letter to Alice saying, "How beautiful it is here, to be sure, but how difficult to paint! I can see what I want to do quite clearly but I'm not there yet. It's so clear and pure in its pinks and blues that the slightest misjudged stroke looks like a smear of dirt." In spite of Monet's misgivings, another Parisian art dealer, Theo Van Gogh bought ten of Monet's Antibe's paintings, including Antibes in the Morning pictured below.

Claude Monet, Atibes Seen from the Salis Gardens, 1888 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Atibes Seen from the Salis Gardens, 1888
Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Palazzo Contarini, 1908 Privatae Collection
Claude Monet, The Palazzo Contarini, 1908
Privatae Collection

In 1908 and 1909, Claude and Alice made railroad trips to Venice, Italy. They had an especially good time there. As with his 1883 first trip to the Riviera with Renoir, the light in Venice was extraordinary. Monet loved the quality of light in the reflections offered in the Venice canals. Monet didn't realize it then, but the second trip in 1909 would mark the last time he would travel. For the next 17 years, the rest of his life, he stayed at Giverny.

Claude Monet, The Doge's Palace, 1908 Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Claude Monet, The Doge's Palace, 1908
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Claude Monet, The Rio della Salute, 1908 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Rio della Salute, 1908
Private Collection

British Art historian and curator of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Dr. Rosalind McKevar discusses Monet's trip to Venice in 1908,
including the story of how John Singer Sargent introduced Monet to one of his patrons who owned a palatal home in Venice where the Monets stayed.
Claude Monet, The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Venice, Italy Indianapolis Museum of Art , Newfields, IN
Claude Monet, The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Venice, Italy, 1908
Indianapolis Museum of Art , Newfields, IN
Claude Monet, The Palazzo Ducale, 1908 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Palazzo Ducale, 1908
Private Collection
The Colors of Fog, London
Claude Monet, Hyde Park, London, c1871 Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
Claude Monet, Hyde Park, London, c1871
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

Monet's first trip to London was in 1870-71 with his new wife Camille. As a young artist, Monet was inclined to paint scenes of nature. He painted only a few city views during his first visit. In Hyde Park, he paints leisurely strolling city folk in the expansive park with the city's skyline in the background.

In the late 1880's, he revisited London, this time able to afford better accommodations. London was the largest city in the world, a multicultural center throbbing with banking, trade and industry. Monet painted the city's buildings, bridges along the Thames, showing their shimmering reflections through the veils of haze, mist and fog.

Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge in Fog, 1899 Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain
Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge in Fog, 1899
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain
Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge, Reflections on the Thames, 1899-1904 The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge, Reflections on the Thames, 1899-1904
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

He wrote, "The fog in London assumes all sorts of colors; there are black, brown, yellow, green purple fogs and the interest in painting is to get the objects as seen through all these fogs."

Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, 1903 Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, 1903
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, 1903 Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MAClaude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, 1903
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
A Personal Place; Giverny
Claude Monet in a white hat with roses by his home at Giverny
Claude Monet in a white hat with roses by his home at Giverny

In 1883, Claude and Alice rented the Cider Press House in Giverny, a town not far from Vernon on the Seine about 50 miles west of Paris. By 1890, Monet bought the property and surrounding land and remained there until his death in December of 1926.

Once he owned the land, Monet set out to create his gardens with rose covered archways and his famed lily pond with its Japanese bridge formed by redirected water from the Epte River, a tributary of the Seine.

Prior to owning the home during the years 1883-1890, Monet painted natural scenes nearby.

Claude Monet, Houses on the Old Bridge at Vernon, c1883 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Claude Monet, Houses on the Old Bridge at Vernon, c1883
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Claude Monet, River and Mill near Giverny, 1885 Collection of Drs. Tobia and Morton Mower, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, River and Mill near Giverny, 1885
Collection of Drs. Tobia and Morton Mower, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, Under the Poplars, 1887,  Private Collection
Claude Monet, Under the Poplars, 1887,
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Peony Garden, 1887 The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan
Claude Monet, Peony Garden, 1887
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan

The Peony Garden done in 1887 was one of Monet's first paintings done on what would soon become his property. It was done before he began transforming the landscape with his gardens and lily pond.

Claude Monet, View of Bennecourt, 1887 Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Claude Monet, View of Bennecourt, 1887
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Claude Monet, Poplars at Giverny, 1887 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Poplars at Giverny, 1887
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Oak Field, 1890 Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
Claude Monet, Oak Field, 1890
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
Claude Monet, Haystacks, Midday, 1890 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Claude Monet, Haystacks, Midday, 1890
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

From 1883 through to his death in 1926, most of Monet's paintings were done within 3 kilometers of his home. Previously, he had paintings series of paintings, including the the prominent structures of the Parliament Building and bridges in London and the Rouen Cathedral.

Claude Monet, Grainstack in the Sunlight, Snow Effect, 1891 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Grainstack in the Sunlight, Snow Effect, 1891
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Grainstacks, Snow Effect, 1891 Shelbourn Museum, Shelbourne, VT
Claude Monet, Grainstacks, Snow Effect, 1891
Shelbourn Museum, Shelbourne, VT
Claude Monet, Poplars on the Epte, 1891 National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Claude Monet, Poplars on the Epte, 1891
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Conventional wisdom would require Monet to paint something significant for a series. But Monet wanted to explore the colors and textures of a different structure, the grainstacks commonly found around his home in the late 19th century.

These grainstacks were put together to protect the wheat. Prior to modern combines, farmers stored unthreshed grains by placing them beneath thatched roofs made of straw to keep them dry as they awaited threshing machines visited the area. Normally, the stacks were constructed in July and the threshing machines did not arrive until Spring. This allowed Monet to paint them in the variety of light and atmosphere offered through the summer, fall and winter.

Monet would often visit the fields of a neighboring farmer, Monsieur Queruel and bring along several canvases and easels. As the light conditions would change, he would work on a different canvas. Back in his studio, he would revise his plein air impressions as he developed the entire series.
The Seine at Giverny
Reflections in the Seine near Giverny
Reflections in the Seine near Giverny

In 1896, Monet began a series of 18 paintings entitled Mornings on the Seine done near the confluence of the Seine and the Epte Rivers. He would rise at dawn in order to catch the changing effects of light as the sun came up.

He resurrected his floating studio, first used in 1872 in Argenteuil. He converted a flat-bottomed boat into a floating studio from which he made his observations and began his canvases, capturing the nuances and dances of light, reflection and atmosphere.

On the boat, he worked on numerous canvases, keeping numbering each one and keeping them stored into grooves built into the boat. Back in his studio, he would line up easels and do as he had done with his other series, work on multiple paintings at one time. One of his gardener's jobs was to assist Monet into loading and unloading the canvases to the from the floating studio.

Claude Monet, The River, 1881 Private Collection
Claude Monet, The River, 1881
Private Collection
Claude Monet, Autumn at Jeufosse, 1884 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Autumn at Jeufosse, 1884
Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Canoe on the Epte, c1890 Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Claude Monet, The Canoe on the Epte, c1890
Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Claude Monet, Morning on the Seine near Giverny, 1897 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Claude Monet, Morning on the Seine near Giverny, 1897
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA

Two of Monet's stepdaughters, Suzanne and Blanche Hoschede are shown here in a "Norwegian," a wooden rowboat popular in France in the late 19th century. The figures occupy the upper portion of this composition with the water dominating the larger lower half. Monet unifies the scene with the long diagonal line of the long redish oar.

Claude Monet, Morning on the Seine, Giverny, 1897 Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Claude Monet, Morning on the Seine, Giverny, 1897
Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Claude Monet, The Seine at Giverny, 1897 Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Claude Monet, The Seine at Giverny, 1897
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
A Man-Made Paradise; Monet's Waterlily Pond
Claude Monet, Water-lilies and Japanese Bridge, 1899 Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Claude Monet, Water-lilies and Japanese Bridge, 1899
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Claude Monet in 1904 at age 65 by his beloved lily pond at Giverny
Claude Monet in 1904 at age 65 by his beloved lily pond at Giverny

Monet's Water Lilies (or Nympheas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings done during the last 30 years of the artist's life at his lily pond at Giverny. For Monet, his lily pond was central to his art and his life. He expressed this thought by saying,"Water lilies are an extension of my life. Without the water lilies, I cannot live, as I am without art."

Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1903 The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1903
The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1904 Musee d'art moderne Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1904
Musee d'art moderne Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France

Similarly, on another occasion, Monet explained how his fascination with water lilies began, "It took me some time to understand my water lilies… I cultivated them with no thought of painting them… One does not fully appreciate a landscape in one day… And then, suddenly, I had a revelation of the magic of my pond. I took my palette. From this moment, I have had almost no other model."

Claude Monet, The Water Lily Pond, 1904 Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, The Water Lily Pond, 1904
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1907 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1907
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1908 Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1908
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1908 Musee de Vernon, Vernon, France
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1908
Musee de Vernon, Vernon, France

On view at the Denver Art Museum, brief footage of Claude Monet painting beside his beloved lily pond at Giverny during his late years.
Claude Monet, Rose-Arches at Giverny, 1913 Private collection, Asia
Claude Monet, Rose-Arches at Giverny, 1913
Private collection, Asia
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1914-15 Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, 1914-15
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

When Monet was in his early 60's, he developed cataracts which dramatically affected Monet's paintings. He visited a leading eye expert in London, a German ophthalmologist named Richard Liebreich who held the ophthalmology chair at St. Thomas Hospital and had published an article on the effect of eye disease experienced by J. M. W. Turner and William Mulready.

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1914-17 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1914-17
Private Collection
 Claude Monet, The Japanese Bridge, 1918-24 Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France
Claude Monet, The Japanese Bridge, 1918-24
Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France

Dr. Liebreich prescribed new glasses for Monet, and recommended he have cataract surgery on his right eye, but Monet refused. He continued painting, but complained that colors no longer had the same intensity for him. His reds began to look muddy and his paintings were generally darker. He strived to combat the changes in his vision by labeling his tubes of paint and keeping them in strict order on his palette. He wore a big straw hat to deal with the glare of bright sunlight.

Monet's friend, a doctor and former French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau urged Monet to consider cataract surgery. But Monet feared surgery, based in large part to what had happened to fellow artists Honore Daumier and Mary Cassatt whose cataract surgeries had been unsuccessful. Monet argued, "I prefer to make the most of my poor sight, and even give up painting if necessary, but at least be able to see a little of these things I love."

Claude Monet, Corner of the Lily Pond, 1918-19 Private Collection
Claude Monet, Corner of the Lily Pond, 1918-19
Private Collection
Claude Monet, The Japanese Bridge, 1918-24 Onyx Art Collection
Claude Monet, The Japanese Bridge, 1918-24
Onyx Art Collection
Claude Monet, The House Seen through the Roses, 1925-26 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Claude Monet, The House Seen through the Roses, 1925-26
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature" at the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum's Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature runs through February 2, 2020, and is the only U.S. location for this exhibition.

It includes more than 120 of Monet's paintings done over 60 years with works done in Holland, Norway, England, the French and Italian Rivieras, Venice, as well as works done closer to Monet's homes, Paris, the Normandy Coast, and along the Seine, including many works done at his home in Giverny.

The exhibition includes paintings donated by the Musee d'Orsay and the Musee Marmottan in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of New York and many from private collections.


Claude Monet, The Truth of Nature at the Denver Art Museum

Gallery Notes ...
Linda Sorensen Riversong Postcard
Riversong

36 x 24
Linda Sorensen with Kevin Brown at Corricks
Linda Sorensen with Keven Brown at Corrick's, Downtown Santa Rosa, in front of paintings included in the "Autumn's Bounty" special exhibit, now through year's end
Linda Sorensen, Staying True to her Calling
in Berkeley Law's alumni magazine The Transcript, Fall issue, 2019
Linda Sorensen Article Berkeley Law Nov 2019

Museum shows in your future ...
James Tissot Now Showing ... Oct 12 at San Francisco's Legion of Honor
James Tissot: Fashion and Faith
Legion of Honor
Now through Feb 9
James Tissot October
December Newsletter 2019
James Tissot: Fashion and Faith
at SF's Legion of Honor
Claude Monet Giverny Bridge
Now showing ... in Denver, CO
Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature
Major lenders include the Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris;
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago;
and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Denver Art Museum
Now through Feb 2, 2020
Monet Denver Exhibition Promo photo
Hollywood Bowl Milford Zornes Now showing ... in Orange, CA
Los Angeles Area Scene Paintings from the Hilbert Collection,
A Fine Romance: Images of Love in Classic American Illistration

Now through - April 18, 2020

Hilbert Museum
Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, 167 N. Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866
Located across the street from the Orange Metrolink Train Station
Granville Redmond Sand Dunes

Coming soon ... to Sacramento
Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette, Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum
Opening Jan 26, through May 17, 2020

Granville Redmond was one of California's premier impressionists of the early 20th century. As a child, Redmond contracted scarlet fever leaving him deaf for the rest of his life. He attended the Deaf School near U.C. Berkeley. After moving to southern California, be became a close friend of silent movie star, Charlie Chaplain, even appearing in several of Chapin's films. Chaplain, who collected many of Redmond's paintings and promoted his work to friends once said of Redmond, "There's such a wonderful joyousness about them all. Look at the gladness in that sky, the riot of color in those flowers. Sometimes I think that the silence in which he lives has developed in him some sense, some great capacity for happiness in which we others are lacking." The exhibition features 75 Redmond paintings in oil and 10 in other media.


What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
by appointment in Graton or Bodega Bay
http://www.BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com | Call or Text 707-875-2911
email: Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com

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 |  rbc4art@renbrown.com
http://www.renbrown.com | Back to the Top
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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

http://www.JeanWarren.com

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Sebastopol Center for the Arts IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
home of Sonoma County's Art @ the Source and Art Trails
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm
Corricks Kevin Brown
Corrick's Keven Brown
IN SANTA ROSA
Corrick's Art Trails Gallery | http://www.corricks.com/arttrailsgallery
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Contact:: http://www.corricks.com/contact-us

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
Corricks
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi
Dennis Calabi
IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery | http://www.calabigallery.com

We are located at 456 Tenth Street in Santa Rosa.
Contact us with any questions at (707) 781-7070 or info@calabigallery.com
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: info@calabigallery.com | 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.

http://www.calabigallery.com | 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).
http://www.AnnexGalleries.com | Back to the Top
Rik Olson

IN GRATON Graton Gallery
home of many of Sonoma County's best artists
http://www.gratongallery.com
Sally Baker, Marylu Downing, Tim Hayworth, Bruce K. Hopkins,
Rik Olson, Susan Proehl, Sandra Rubin, Mylette Welch
Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  | artshow@gratongallery.com
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
http://www.christopherqueengallery.com |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Paul Mahder Gallery Thumbnail IN Healdsburg Paul Mahder Gallery
http://www.paulmahdergallery.com

 (707) 473-9150 | Info@paulmahdergallery.com
222 Mill Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Weds - Mon, 10-6, Sundays, 10-5
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery
http://www.hammerfriar.com

 (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
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Disney Museum Exterior Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum
Permanent Collection
De Young Museum Thumbnail
San Francisco
California Historical Society


California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

James Tissot: Fashion and Faith
through Feb 9
-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
SFMOMA

Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings
through March 10, 2019
http://www.sfmoma.org

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Moraga
St Mary's College Museum of Art

Hearst Art Gallery

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Sonoma
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
Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum

http://www.gracehudsonmuseum.org
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas
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
Monterey Museum of Art

Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel, Armin Hansen
and E. Charlton Fortune

http://www.montereyart.org
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Monterey
Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
NEW TWO-YEAR LONG EXHIBIT
COMING ... Jan 26 - May 17
Granville Redmond, The Eloquent Palette

& their marvelous Permanent Collection
http://www.crockerartmuseum.org
Sacramento
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:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine (now part of UC-Irvine)
The Irvine Museum
El Camino del Oro, Sept 14 - Jan 11
Paintings of the California Missions era
by many of California's noted artists

Irvine Museum Thumbnail
Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art Thumbnail Orange
LA Area Scene Paintings from the Hilbert Collection,
A Fine Romance: Images of Love
in Classic American Illistration

through - April 18, 2020
Hilbert Museum, Chapman University

Hilbert Museum Chapman University Orange CA
Pasaden
Norton Simon Museum
-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena San Marino (near Pasadena)
The Huntington Library

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

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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
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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

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

Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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 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
Monet, the Truth of Nature
through Feb 2
Denver Art Museum Exterior


 

By appointment only or online ... email or call ... Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com / 707-875-2911

... IN GRATON, CA ...
Linda Sorensen's studio and Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery's showroom is now 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. If appropriate, we'll bring the art to you (up to 200 miles from Bodega Bay).

... ONLINE ... 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 (especially, do not leave a voicemail message requiring us to phone you), ... INSTEAD, Please EMAIL US (Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com) 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.