Orange County Museum of Art

Newport Beach, CA


California Style: 1930s and 40s

Phil Paradise

Evening on the Home Front, 1942

watercolor on paper, 17 x 23 inches, Sally and David Martin Collection

While the Depression gripped most of the nation, California thrived with relative prosperity, with government programs, Hollywood studios, and teaching jobs providing opportunities for artists throughout the Golden State. The output of these artists became recognized and praised nationally for the directness of the work, its expressive description of subject matter, the richness of color, and its commitment to straightforward communication.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Fieldstone Foundation. The exhibition is organized by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and will continue to the Ventura Museum of History and Art. A full color cataiogue includes an introduction and essay by noted California School art historian and guest curator David Stary-Sheets.

Milford Zornes

The Canyon, 1939

watercolor on paper, 22 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches, The McClelland Collection


Text and images courtesy of Orange County Museum of Art.

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