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

May 6 through July 5, 1998


Channel P. Townsley (1867-1921)

San Juan Capistrano Mission, 1916, oil on canvas, 32 x 40 inches

Courtesy of the Irvine Museum, Irvine California

A native of California, Rose returned to the state permanently in 1914. Rose worked in Carmel and Monterey after 1918, and developed a serial style of painting, as had Monet, returning to the same subject at different times of day. Today Rose's paintings are among the most sought after. In fact, visitors will have the opportunity to see more works by Rose than by any other artist represented in All Things Bright and Beautiful. Among these works are the animated coastal view Point Lobos (1918), Incoming Tide (c. 1917), and San Garbriel Road (c. 1919). In such works, the visitor will see the characteristically bright palette and broken brushwork used to depict California scenes of the coastline, eucalyptus and oak-framed valleys, painted on a human scale, instead of the more monumental views in earlier nineteenth-century landscapes.




The year-round temperate climate, sunshine, and the rich topography of Southern California appealed enormously to landscape painters. The American-born artists who settled in the region had trained typically in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York at the National Academy or the Art Students League. Like the Northern Californians, many completed their training in Paris, where they were influenced by French Impressionism. Alson Clark worked alongside Guy Rose in Giverny, and their subsequent work reflected this experience. By the time Clark and Rose moved to California, there was a well-established group of artists working there in the Impressionist manner, including Franz Bischoff, Maurice Braun, and William Wendt. Santa Barbara, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, and San Diego were among the key locations.

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