California, unsurprisingly and deservedly, has long served as muse to countless artists. Drawn to her striking landscape, they try to convey the might of her rocky coastlines and pastoral hills on canvas. This abundance of natural beauty is on full display in Capturing California, an exhibition (through January 29) at the Monterey Museum of Art highlighting works, many from early-day California artists who spent time in Europe experimenting with Impressionism and Tonalism, culled from the permanent collection. Whether they put a humble mission or atmospheric fog in the limelight, the pieces make patrons fall deep into a Golden State trance.
M. Evelyn McCormick (1863-1948), Washington Hotel, Monterey, n.d., oil on canvas, 31.75 x 35.75 inches. Collection Monterey Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roland W. Scheffler, 1976.021.
Featured Image: Alson Skinner Clark, (1876-1949), Grey Day in California, circa 1920, oil on canvas, 21.38 x 32 inches. Collection Monterey Museum of Art, gift of Barbara and William Hyland, 1991.265.