Bakersfield Museum of Art

Bakersfield, CA



Paradise Found: California Impressionism


An exhibition of 32 California impressionist paintings from the early 20th century will be at the Bakersfield Museum of Art from September 15 through November 26, 2000 in a show entitled, "Paradise Found: California Impressionism." The art works are on loan from the Irvine Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, several galleries, and private collections. (left: Alice Chittenden (1859-l 944), California Springtime, c. 1920, oil on canvas, 10 x 14 inches, Courtesy of De Ru' s Fine Art, Laguna Beach)

Among the twenty-two artists in the exhibition are Edgar Payne, William Wendt, Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, Maurice Braun, and Guy Rose. Most of these painters were from other areas of the country, but they were drawn to the outstanding beauty and infinite variety of Californian geography - the deserts, mountains, foothills, canyons, forests, valleys, seashores, and islands. The impressionist style is concerned with the effects of natural light on the landscapes and the atmosphere created by varying conditions of weather. Bold brush strokes of contrasting bright colors were used to create those effects. The artists also painted "en plein air," a unique style where the scene is captured on canvas in the environment, instead of creating a study and taking it back to the studio to finish.

(left to right: Anna Althea Hills (1882-1930), High Tide, Laguna Beach, 1914, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, Private collection, Courtesy of De Ru's Fine Art, Laguna Beach; Marion Kavanaugh Wachtell (1876-1954), Pasadena, c. 1920, oil on canvas, 26 x 20 inches, Private collection, Courtesy of De Ru' s Fine Art, Laguna Beach; Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931), Girl in Pink Bow, c 1926, oil on canvas, 35 x 36 inches, Courtesy of Michael Kizhner Fine Art; Guy Rose (1867-1925), Carmel Seascape, c. 1918, oil on canvas, 21 x 24 inches, Private collection, Courtesy of The Irvine Museum)

There will be an opening night preview of the exhibit on Thursday, September 14, at 5:30. A light hers d'oeuvre buffet and no-host bar will cost $20 general admission, or $15 for Museum members. To make reservations and/or charge by phone, please call the Museum at 661/323-7219.

This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of San Joaquin Bank, Aera Energy LLC, Stan & Ginnie Eschner, Michael Kizhner Fine Art, Philip & Mary Lee Zander, and Valley Public Television.


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