Ventura County Museum of History and Art

Ventura, CA

photo: John Hazeltine



California Style: 1930s and 1940s


Drawing their inspiration from the plein-air tradition of the Impressionists and from the "Ash Can" school of American realism, these artists pushed the watercolor medium in new directions to make bold statements about the world around them. California's rural heritage, its growing cities and scenic seashore, the war at home and abroad are all captured in bright color and energetic brushwork.

Millard Sheets, Near Riverside, 1930s watercolor on paper, 18 x 28 inches, Philip H. Greene Collection

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