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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  • Henry Alexander (American, 1860–1894)
    The Capmaker. 1884.
  • Henry Jerome Schile (German, 1829–1901), published by H. Schile & Co.
    Across the Continent: Passing the Humboldt River. 1870.
  • Irving Norman (American, born Lithuania, 1906–1989)
    Laissez Faire Industrialism II. 1944.
  • Jodocus Hondius (Dutch, 1563–1612)
    America. 1606.
  • John Gutmann (American, born Germany, now Poland, 1905–1998)
    Auto Ferry: San Francisco. 1934.
  • John Hubbard Rich (American, 1876–1954)
    Day Dreams. 1918.
  • John Marshall Gamble (American, 1863–1957)
    Spring Flowers (Poppies and Lupine, Goleta Point). n.d.
  • John Marshall Gamble (American, 1863–1957)
    A Spring Morning, Poppies and Bush Lupine. circa 1915.
  • John O'Shea (American, born Ireland, 1876–1956)
    Carmel. circa 1927.
  • Joseph Becker (American, 1841–1910), printed by J.P. Davis (American, 1832–1910) and published by Frank Leslie (American, born England, 1821–1880)
    Scene in the Principal Chinese Theatre, San Francisco. 1870.
  • Joseph Kleitsch (American, born Hungary, 1882–1931)
    The Oriental Shop. 1922.
  • Jules Tavernier (American, born France, 1844–1889)
    Marin Sunset, back of Petaluma. early 1880s.
  • Julian Walbridge Rix (American, 1850–1903)
    Foggy Morning Near San Rafael. 1881.
  • Justh, Quirot & Co.
    View of the Last Great Conflagration in San Francisco and Fire in San Francisco. 1851.
  • Karl Yens (American, born Germany, 1868–1945)
    Arch Beach Tavern. 1924.
  • Kataro Shirayamadani (American, born Japan, 1865–1948) for Rookwood Pottery
    Vase. 1892.
  • Laura Gilpin (American, 1891–1979)
    Miss Brenda Putnam. 1921.
  • Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940)
    Mountaineer, Eastern Kentucky, cooking bacon, drought. 1931.
  • Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940)
    Child Picking Cotton, 1908. printed 1920s.
  • Lisette Model (American-Austrian, born Austria 1901–1983)
    Blind. 1930s.

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