From the earliest days artists were both drawn and inspired by the natural beauty of our state. However it was the gold rush and the subsequent boom in the 1850’s that truly gave birth to a California School of Art. During the latter half of the Nineteenth Century many classically trained artists migrated west to capture the unique landscapes and multi-cultural spirit to be found there. Inspired by Impressionism and the wide, open spaces many of these artists went outdoors and afield, capturing a beauty that is treasured today.
We have a large selection of Regionalist California and American watercolors. This uniquely American style captured the spontaneity and color of a scene with bold painting strokes done"on the spot." Rich in scenery, space, inspiration and color, these watercolors captured the beauty and vibrancy of life here in America–both in nature and in the day-to-day life found in the cities.
Originally influenced heavily by European painters the American artists became a powerful force in themselves, with New York eventually surpassing Paris as the center of fine arts and culture. Some of the more famous sectors of American Art such as the Hudson River School, American Realism or the American Southwest or even the WPA painters have made an indelible mark upon our world culture. Highly sought after and quite collectible the American Artist remains an excellent addition for a collection.
All artists were once contemporaries. One of the best investments over time can be the purchase of a quality contemporary work. Add to this is the incalculable value of the daily joy and fulfillment that a work of art can bring to one's life. We feature artists that we feel carry forth the tradition and inspiration of the vintage pieces that are our focus. Please explore and as always feel free to contact us for further information.