American Art before 1945

The core collection of Californian art was assembled by Judge E. B. and Margaret Crocker in the early 1870s. The Museum continues to collect and display the work of California’s premier artists and seeks to present a comprehensive survey of art produced in and about California from statehood to contemporary times. The Museum also collects American art broadly from the 19th century to the present, especially that which provides a context for the Californian collection.

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  • Agnes Pelton (American, 1881–1961)
    Winter, 1933
  • Albertus Del Orient Browere (American, 1814–1887)
    Crossing the Isthmus, circa 1858
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Alfred Stieglitz and Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, An American Place, New York , 1944
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Monolith: the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, California, 1927 (printed 1979)
  • Armin Hansen (American, 1886–1957)
    Drifting Fog, late 1920s
  • Arthur Frank Mathews (American, 1860-1945), Lucia Kleinhaus Mathews (American, 1870–1955), Furniture Shop (1906–1920)
    Mirror, n.d.
  • Arthur Frank Mathews (American, 1860–1945)
    Vision of Saint Francis, 1911
  • Arthur Frank Mathews (American, 1860–1945), Lucia Kleinhaus Mathews (American, 1870–1955), Furniture Shop (1906–1920)
    Lamp, n.d.
  • Arthur Grover Rider (American, 1886–1975)
    The Bells at Mission San Juan Capistrano, circa 1928
  • Arthur Putnam (American, 1873–1930)
    Twilight Venus Holding Staff, 1909 (cast by Roman Bronze Works, New York, 1912)
  • Birger Sandzen (American, 1871–1954)
    Pines and Aspen, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, 1929
  • Brents Carlton (American, 1903–1962)
    Embracing Couple, 1944–1945
  • Bruce Nelson (American, 1888–1971)
    Monterey Bay, circa 1915
  • Bruce Porter (American, 1865–1953)
    Man and Nature, 1903
  • Carl von Perbandt (American, born Germany, 1832–1911)
    Mount Tamalpais from Greenbrae, n.d.
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    A Camping Party in Yosemite, circa 1865–1866
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Big Tree, Yosemite Valley, circa 1860–1870
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Three Large Gold Nuggets, circa 1865–1870
  • Catalina Pottery Galdding, McBean & Co.
    Vase, circa 1940
  • Charles Christian Nahl (American, born Germany, 1818-1878)
    Little Miss San Francisco, 1853

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