Distinguished Artist Series

 

Franz A. Bischoff

1864-1929

by Jean Stern

 

 

In November, 1924, Bischoff presented 12 canvases at the Biltmore Salon, including several fresh scenes of the Monterey area. These recent subjects were A Cool Drifting Fog (now in the Gardena High School collection), A Villa on the Monterey Const and Windswept Twisted Cypress. These scenes displayed a higher keyed color scheme and bolder color harmonies than previously used. A few Pasadena scenes were also hung: Clouds Drifting Over the Mountains which clearly shows the tendency toward stronger colors, especially when compared to Cloud Shadows of 1912.

In 1924, Bischoff participated in the California Art Club exhibition and won the Huntington Prize with Cliff Born Trees, a Monterey painting. The next year, he entered another Carmel painting, Cypress Point and he showed Point Lobos in the Painters and Sculptors of Southern California show.

In 1926, Bischoff showed several Monterey scenes as well as paintings of the desert area near Palm Springs and seascapes at Laguna Beach. In 1927, he showed several works painted in Cambria, a small town near San Simeon, California along with paintings of cows and farms painted in the area.

In the summer of 1928, Bischoff and another artist, J. Christopher Smith, traveled to Utah. Their paintings were shown in October; Smith at the Wilshire Galleries and Bischoff at the Kanst Galleries in Hollywood. Bischoff's works were of Zion National Park, one of which received special mention in the press review: a painting of old shacks against the red and pink crags of the sandstone mountains. The colors of these Utah scenes are particularly bright and bold. They reflect the work of a true colorist with a secure knowledge of colors--not only their role in nature but also their role in visual perception.

From top to bottom: The Yellow Dress, oil on board, 19 x 26 inches; Milking Time, Cambria, oil on canvas, 19 x 26 inches; Landscape with Cattle, oil on board, 19 x 26 inches; Desert Giants, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches; Pinnacle Rock, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches; Towers of the Virgin, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches.

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