California Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "California Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

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Texts contained in Resource Library by named authors listed by author name in alphabetical order:

Dream and Perspective: American Scene Painting in Southern California by Susan M. Anderson

Modern Spirit: The Group of Eight & Los Angeles Art of the 1920s by Susan M. Anderson

Regionalism: The California View by Susan M. Anderson

A Seed of Modernism: The Art Students League of Los Angeles, 1906-53 by Julia Armstrong-Totten, Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, and Will South

A Society for Six by Sarah Beserra

The Metamorphosis of California Landscape Art by Rexford E. Brandt

"In Love with Painting": The Life and Art of Clarence Hinkle by Janet Blake

The California Water Color Society: Genesis of an American Style by Janet Blake Dominik

The Arts in Santa Barbara by Janet Blake Dominik

Ranchos: The Oak Group Paints the Santa Barbara Countryside by Ellen Easton

Speculative Terrain - Recent Views of the Southern California Landscape from San Diego to Santa Barbara by Gordon L. Fuglie

The Land of Sunshine by William H. Gerdts

Bicoastal Artists of the 1870s by Ann Harlow

California Watercolor Painters in Context by Donelson Hoopes

Early California Art by Sandy Hunter

Twilight and Reverie: California Tonalist Painting 1890-1930 by Harvey L. Jones

Landscape Painters of Northern California 1870-1930 by Harvey L. Jones

Hard-Boiled Wonderland by Julie Joyce

The Carmel Monterey Peninsula Art Colony: A History by Barbara J. Klein

Painting World War II: The California Style Watercolor Artists by Glen Knowles

Artists of Invention: a Century of California College of the Arts by Philip E. Linhares

Introduction to Art at Scripps: The Early Years by Mary MacNaughton

The San Francisco Art Association by Betty Hoag McGlynn

The Santa Cruz Art League by Betty Hoag McGlynn

The Carmel Art Association by Betty Hoag McGlynn

Mission San Juan Capistrano: An Artistic Legacy by Gerald J. Miller

California Art at the Oakland Museum by Paul Chadbourne Mills

Loners, Mavericks & Dreamers: Art in Los Angeles Before 1900 by Nancy Moure

Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the Eucalyptus School in Southern California by Nancy Moure

75 Works, 75 Years, Collecting the Art of California: The Years 1918 - 1955; exhibition description by Nancy Moure

California, Seen: Landscapes of a Changing California, 1930-1970 by Ronald C. Nelson

The California Missions in Art - 1786 to 1890 by Norman Neuerburg

San Diego Beginnings by Martin E. Petersen

You See: The Early Years of the UC Davis Studio Art Faculty by Renny Pritikin

California Landscapes by Sue Ann Robinson

Keeping the Faith: Painting in Santa Catalina 1935-1985 by Roy C. Rose

Monterey: The Artist's View, 1925 - 1945 by Kent Seavey

In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists by Deborah Epstein Solon

What Made Laguna Beach Special,by Deborah Epstein Solon

In and Out of California: The Participatory Nature of Early California Art by Will South

California Style: 1930s and 1940s by David Stary-Sheets

Art in California: 1880 to 1930 by Jean Stern

The California Missions in Art: 1890 to 1930 by Jean Stern

Artists in Santa Catalina Island Before 1945 by Jean Stern

The Development of Southern California Impressionism by Jean Stern

Masters of Light by Jean Stern

Impressionist Style in Perspective by Jean Stern

Landscape Painting in California by Jean Stern

"The Outsiders" -- Modernism in California, 1920-1940 by Jean Stern

The Society of Six by Terry St. John

Continuity and Change: Southern California's Evolving Landscape by Sarah Vure

The Development of an Art Community in the Los Angeles Areaby Ruth Westphal

The Northern Scene by Raymond L. Wilson

Towards Impressionism in Northern California by Raymond L. Wilson

A Seed of Modernism: The Art Students League of Los Angeles, 1906-53 by Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick and Julia Armstrong-Totten

The Historic Landscapes of Malibu by Michael Zakian



(above: Thomas Hill, Great Canyon of the Sierra, Yosemite, 1872. Crocker Art Museum)


Articles contained in Resource Library without named authors listed by article name in alphabetical order:

All Things Bright and Beautiful: California Impressionist Paintings from the Irvine Museum

Artists at Continent's End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907

The Art Of Mount Shasta

At Home and Abroad: California Paintings from the Emmons Collection

At the West of Things: California Artists at Home and Abroad

Bold Strokes: California Watercolors

California Art Club

The California Impressionists at Laguna

California Impressionists

California Impressions Featuring Landscapes from the Wendy Willrich Collection

California Landscape into Abstraction: Works from the Orange County Museum of Art

California Paintings 1910-1940: Selections from Mills College Art Museum

California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism

California Scene Paintings from 1930 to 1960

California State Capitol Museum

California Style: 1930s and 40s

California Style: Art and Fashion of the California Historical Society

California's Native Grandeur: Preserving Vanishing Landscapes

CSU Dominguez Hills Presents Restored California Impressionist Works

California Paintings, 1910 - 1940

California Style: 1930s and 1940s

California, The Golden Years: Selections from the Bowers Permanent Collection

California, This Golden Land of Promise: The History of California Through Art

Carmel Art Association

Circles of Influence: Impressionism to Modernism in Southern California Art 1910-1930

Cities of Promise: Imaging Urban California

CSU Dominguez Hills Presents Restored California Impressionist Works in Major Exhibit Funded by W.M. Keck Foundation

Early California Impressionists: The Ronald E. Walker Collection

A Federal Art Project: Posters for Indian Court

Feminine Visions: Women of the California School 1890-1930s

The Fieldstone Collection: Impressionism in Southern California

The Final Eden: Early Images of the Santa Barbara Region

First Generation: Art in Claremont, 1907-1957

Greetings from Laguna Beach: Our Town in the Early 1900s

High Society: Psychedelic Rock Posters of Haight-Ashbury

In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists

L.A. RAW: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945-1980, From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy

The Legacy of the California Art Club in San Diego

The Lighter Side of Bay Area Figuration

The Lighter Side of Bay Area Figuration

The Lighter Side of the Depression: Watercolors from The Michael Johnson Collection

Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000

Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 -- Section 1: 1900 - 1920

Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 -- Section 2: 1920 - 1940

Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 -- Section 3: 1940 - 1960

Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 -- Section 4: 1960 - 1980

Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 -- Section 5: 1980 - 2000

Made in Monterey

Majestic California: Prominent Artists of the Early 1900's

Mission San Juan Capistrano: An Artistic Legacy

Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight

Moods of California

The Not-So-Still Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture

Old California

Painted Light: California Impressionist Paintings: The Gardena High School/Los Angeles Unified School District Collection

Painting World War II: The California Style Watercolor Artists

The 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition of San Francisco from TFAO's Historic International Exhibitions

Preserving California's Gold

Ranchos: The Oak Group Paints the Santa Barbara Countryside

Representing LA, Pictorial Currents in Contemporary Southern California Art

Sampler Tour of Decorative Ceramic Tiles from Catalina Island

Scene in Oakland, 1852-2002: Artworks Celebrating the City's 150th Anniversary

Sierra Grandeur

Society of Six

The Society of Six: American Masters of Color

This Side of Eden: Images of Steinbeck's California

Treasures of the Sierra Nevada

USC Collects California

A Woman's Touch: Selected Women Artists in California

Yosemite: Art of an American Icon

You See: The Early Years of the UC Davis Art Faculty

Also see: Pacific Coast Painting: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington: 19th-21st Century


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