Capturing California « Monterey Museum of Art

Past Exhibitions

Capturing California

L.2017.005For nearly a century and a half, California’s climactic landscape has attracted artists from around the world. Drawn to the natural beauty of the varied coastline, these artists have been eager to capture the spirit of California. Many early California artists spent time in Europe and eastern U.S. cities, studying and working in the styles of Impressionism and Tonalism, which were akin to Europe in the late 19th and the early 20th century. Upon arriving in California, they used techniques to portray the landscape and developed techniques unique to California artists. Many groups and societies formed among these artists working in similar styles. This presentation of works from the Monterey Museum of Art’s (MMA) permanent collection features works from some of the MMA’s most important early California artists and captures the atmospheric beauty of California’s natural and man-made features from the rocky coastlines, rolling hills, and distinct adobes.

Image Credit: Eugenia Francis McComas, Mission San Juan Bautista, c. 1935-1942, Oil on canvas, Long-term loan from the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration, WPA, Federal Art Project, 1935–1943