SPECIALIZING IN VINTAGE CALIFORNIAN AND AMERICAN FINE ART

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Paul Grimm (1889-1974)

Paul Grimm was born in South Africa and moved to the United States at the age of seven. From an earlier age he showed great aptitude as an artist, gaining a scholarship to the renown Düsseldorf Royal Academy. In 1919 he found his way to Hollywood and then in 1932 he made his permanent home in Palm Springs, where he lived until his death in 1974.

Paul Grimm painted numerous images of the California landscape but is best known for his powerful depictions of the California desert and the mountains surrounding Palm Springs. This work is no exception to his ability to capture the power and magnificence of our world here.

Adolphine Sutro Fullerton (1892 -1974)

 Adolphine Sutro Fullerton was born in San Francisco on November 5, 1892. She was the daughter of California business Adolph Sutro who owned the Cliff House and Sutro Baths in San Francisco.

Primarily a painter, Adolphine also worked as an architect–altho never formally trained in hte subject. Fullerton was a resident of her native city until 1937. She then moved to Los Angeles where she remained until her death on January 2, 1974.

 

 

Charles Keck (1913-2003)

Born in Iowa, Charles Keck moved to Los Angeles in 1920. He majored in art at Los Angeles City College, and gained a scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute where he studied with Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, and Phil Paradise from 1935-38. 

Although he worked in a variety of media, he is best known for his work in watercolors. Over the years he exhibited with numerous organizations including the California Watercolor Society, and the Laguna Beach Art Association from whom he received a First Prize in 1946.

His watercolors serve as documentation of many long gone and historic California scenes as he painted from life on location throughout the streets, harbors, rural farmlands, and beaches of Los Angeles, Orange County, and Ventura.

 

Charles Rollo Peters (1862-1928)

Charles Rollo Peters has often been called the “Prince of Darkness” for his many nocturnal paintings, particularly of the Monterey region of California. Peters studied with artist Jules Tavernier and also at the California School of Design.

Taken with the California landscape, Peters also studied abroad in Europe–where he first explored the realm of nocturnal paintings that became his signature style. This work, a view of a mission garden, clearly demonstrates his ability to capture mood, color and the full light of day.

Benjamin Brown (1865-1942)

Benjamin Brown was born in Arkansas in 1865. Despite his parents wishes that he become a lawyer, his heart and soul was one of an artist. He originally trained as a photographer, then expanded his studies to fine art. He studied at the University of Tennessee and then at the Academie Julian in Paris.

In 1896 he moved to Pasadena, California and discovered his calling in the painting of landscapes. He was a member of several fine artist associations, including the California Art Club. He is best known for his luminous images of California poppy fields and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. He also painted in Northern California as well. He died in 1942, still located in Pasadena.

Anna Athlea Hills (1882-1930)

Anna Althea Hills was a California painter. She specialized in plein air painting and was well known for her impressionistic landscapes of California, particularly its lovely coast.

She was born in Ohio and passed away in Laguna Beach, California. She was very involved in community activism and was the president of the Laguna Beach Art Association. Her leadership was instrumental in founding the Laguna Beach Art Museum.

Moore Smith (1890-)

“Venice Parade at the opening of the International Art Exhibit”

 

Moore Smith was born in 1890 in Conneticut. He had an active art career and traveled extensively.

This painting is a joyous celebration of an art exhibit in Venice Italy.

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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Felice Hvorat

“Taos Pueblo”

Felice Hrovat was born in Trieste, Italy. His passion for expressing himself through art, via paint, brushes and canvas started as a teen in his homeland. Then, in his early twenties, he found himself first in Montreal, Canada, and then later in Southern California. It was there, in California that he really worked to establish his skills while also working as an advertisement artist for over thirty years.

Throughout the last fifty years he has been inspired to develop a uniquely distinct style and also approach, utilizing both oils and acrylics as his artistic mediums.

After 30 years in the advertising industry he took his retirement in 1991. Since then he has actually dedicated the majority of his time and focus upon his art, spending the majority of his time at the easel or in his studio, further developing his art and exploring design, color and composition. In 1993, he began conducting oil paint workshops for aspiring artists as well as fellow experienced professionals that shared his interest and style.

 

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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)

“Eucalyptus Stand”

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 leading 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.

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