Specializing in Vintage Impressionistic California & American Fine Art for Sale

We are always in the market for the purchase or consignment of fine art paintings

Ben Galos 1894-1963

“East Side Market”

Born in Russia, in 1994, into the Jewish community of Belarus. Ben’s given name was Berel Goloschin and as a young man he studied in Art School, along with Yehuda Pen and Marc Chagall. In 1913 he emigrated, along with his family, to New York–where they changed their name to Galos.

Ben Galos continued his art studies at the National Academy of Design in New York. He continued to have a successful career, wining multiple awards and exhibiting frequently. New York remained his home until his death in 1963.

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Paul Grimm (1891-1974)

“California Foothills”

One of California’s best known painters, Paul Grimm is for both his fine desert landscapes and his majestic images of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

He was a ardent painter of desert scenes and lived much of his life in the Palm Springs area. His desert works are highly appreciated by art lovers and collectors.

This particular work of art captures the majesty of the Southern California deserts and foothills with the special light to be found there.

Charles Crocker (1877-1950)

“Early Morning”

Charles Crocker had a humble beginning, born in a log cabin in Illinois. He dropped out of school but went on to study art in Decatur with Jean Mannheim and at the AIC, then later moved west to California. He set up shop first in San Francisco, where he also worked for the Gazette. Then he moved to Los Angeles in 1919 and found success as a painter. He later moved back to Chicago and died there in 1950. He is best known for his brilliant landscapes, with this work being no exception.

Alexander Ignatiev (1913-1995)

“Laguna Canyon”

Alexander Ignatiev was born in Russian, and fled during the revolution, making his way to China. He then came to San Francisco in 1923, living in California until his death in 1995, making his final home in Laguna Beach.

He then studied for four years at the Chouinard Art School under Millard Sheets, Phil Paradise, and Lawrence Murphy. He worked as an animator for 50 years, including studios such as Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera and Walt Disney. He also was a fine art painter and his talent is well demonstrated in this lovely watercolor of Laguna Canyon.

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Conrad Buff (1886-1975)

“Desert Sky”

Born in Speicher, Switzerland in 1886, the son of an Alpine farmer, Conrad Buff, by the age of forty, had an established reputation as an artist, primarily realistic paintings that expressed his love of the American Southwest.

He had a prominent career and a unique style that blended impressionism with modernity. He passed in 1975.

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Maurice Braun (1877-1941)

“Hills of California”

Maurice Braun became well known for his Impressionist landscapes of Southern California. He was born in Hungary in1877, however by the age of four young Maurice and the Braun family had migrated to New York City.

His professional studies took him to the National Academy of Fine Arts where he studied the French tradition under Francis C. Jones, George W. Maynard and Edgar M. Ward. He also trained under William Merritt Chase.

Balthasar Kundert, Desert Scene,

Balthasar Kundert (1892-1985)

“Near Palm Springs”

Balthasar Kundert was born in Linthal, Switzerland on Nov. 3, 1892. Quite the traveler, he first worked as a waiter in Paris and later as a store clerk in Peru before finally making his way to San Francisco in the 1930’s. There he began his art studies, later moving to Los Angeles where he studied under the great California painter Nicolai Fechin. Kundert had a great command of color and landscapes, with this desert work being a fine example of his skill and aesthetic. He died in Lubbock, TX in August 1985

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Thorwald Probst (1886-1948)

“San Jacinto Homestead”

Born in Warrensburg, Missouri in 1886, Thorwald Probst was a painter and illustrator in pen and ink who, as a member of the California Art Club, did “plein air” landscape painting including the Grand Canyon. 

Thorwald Probst is best known for his mountain landscapes, still life paintings and mission drawings. 

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Bennett Bradbury (1914-1991)

“California Surf”

Bennett Bradbury was born in Massachusetts. His parents were professional classical musicians and he grew up surrounded by such artistic greats as Rachmaninoff, Horowitz and Kriesler. Bennett demonstrated early talent for painting and even earned a scholarship at the age of 15 to the Boston Museum of Art.

He is well known for his fine seascapes and coastal scenes and this work is a fine example of his use of brilliant and dramatic color and composition to capture the eye.

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Morton Dimondstein (1920-2000)

“The Boardwalk”

Morton Dimondstein grew up in New York City, where he attended the American Artists School and the Art Students League. After serving in the infantry during World War II, he moved to Los Angeles and studied at the Otis Art Institute.

Influenced by the Mexican muralist tradition, he lived in Mexico City for several years and produced woodcuts that were praised by the great Mexican painter and muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. Dimondstein also was a sculptor and his paintings and sculptures appeared in many galleries and museums. 

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Paul Lauritz (1889-1975)

“Green Hills”

Born in Norway on 1889, Paul Lauritz was exposed to art at an early age, studying with local and foreign artists in Larvik. At age 16 he moved to eastern Canada and had a unsuccessful career as a miner. 

He found work as a commercial artist in Vancouver and Portland where he began painting landscapes and portraits. His was a long and successful artist’s career and he continued to paint until his death in Glendale, CA in 1975.

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Frederick Wesley Jarvis (1868-1944)

“Millard Canyon”

Frederick Wesley Jarvis was born in Monroe County, Ohio in 1868. Frederick Jarvis became a landscape painter, potter and art educator.  He studied at the Art Students League in New York and in Munich, Germany with Franz Mueller.   

Wesley Frederick Jarvis was best known as an artist for his landscape paintings. He made painting trips to California, New Mexico and the Grand Canyons. This depiction of the Millard Canyon region brings back an image of the bucolic world of Los Angeles before mass transport and development.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls…” Pablo Picasso

Hello, my name is Ron Vander Molen.

For over the past 20 years I have devoted my life and my time to works of fine art. During that time I have maintained a focus and passion for vintage California and American Artists, circa 1890-1940. That era was an intensively creative period for California and American artists, during which they developed their own vision of the Impressionist and other new art movements coming out of Europe during that period.

Today those works have found increasing favor and interest with collectors and investors alike.

What started as a local gallery has now grown on a much broader scale and we now sell to collectors around the world and have developed a reputation as one of California’s premier destinations and websites for collectors of American and California Impressionism.

With over 20 years of experience offering a broad selection of quality vintage art, we pride ourselves in offering carefully selected paintings that represent an era of exceptional American art.

Naturally all the great artists were once contemporaries and we take great pride in supporting select contemporary artists that display both the talent and spirit that these earlier fine artists possessed and demonstrated.

Our mission is to bring fine art to as many individuals, homes and collectors as possible and so we have always sought to offer an affordability level that is unique to the industry, while maintaining a high level of fine quality art.

Please enjoy your time on our site, there is quite a bit to see and enjoy, and we invite you to drop by our fine art gallery, located in Pasadena Antiques and Design, 330 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA, to enjoy the beauty of these pieces first-hand.

We actively seek new works of art and can assist you in acquiring fine art to suit your needs. Please contact us by phone or email on our contact page.

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