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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Celebrating Summer Through the Art of the Central California Coast

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the natural beauty of the California Coast and the Monterey Peninsula has attracted artists from around the world, eager to try their hand at capturing the spirit of the dramatic shoreline. Over the ensuing century, hundreds of artists produced thousands of works, each a unique interpretation of the region’s breathtaking scenery.

The paintings we present today represent just a few of the countless iconic and instantly recognizable views that make the area so famous. These early and contemporary California artists have skillfully captured the beauty of the quiet coves of Point Lobos State Park, the towering pines of the Del Monte Forest, the legendary 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach, the charming town of Pacific Grove, and the magnificent panoramic vistas of the Big Sur coast.

"South Shore"
Dennis Doheny (b. 1956)
Oil on linen
24 x 30 inches

Our first work “South Shore”, seen above, by award-winning contemporary landscape artist Dennis Doheny, shows a spectacular view of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. The artist perfectly captures the shimmering water's surface with rich, jewel-like colors and skilled brushwork.

Our next work, “Monterey Pines” by Australian-born artist FrancisMcComas, showcases the power and strength of the magnificent trees of the Del Monte Forest. A master watercolorist, McComas moved to Carmel in 1912 and was famous for his California landscapes. This work is a fine example of the soft Tonal palette used by many early northern California painters.

"Monterey Pines"
Francis McComas (1875 - 1938)
32 x 27 inches

Pebble Beach” by Franz Bischoff features the sweeping sand dunes where the the popular golf course, “The Links at Spanish Bay”, is now located. One of Southern California's most celebrated and successful early Impressionist artists, Bischoff is best known for his expressive use of color, his strong compositions, and his reverence for nature.

"Pebble Beach"
Franz Bischoff (1864 - 1929)
Oil on board
13 x 19 inches

Known as “America's Last Hometown”, the tiny idyllic seaside community of Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula became the home of painter William Adam soon after he arrived in California in 1894. Known as “Professor Adam”, he gave art lessons and was admired for his views of the area, especially scenes of rose-covered cottages and brightly colored flowering gardens.

"Pacific Grove Garden"
William Adam (1846 - 1931)
Oil on board
16 x 20 inches

“Unyielding”, by contemporary artist Cindy Baron, features a quintessential view of the Central California coastline. Her works are nationally recognized and she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including both “Best in Show” and the “Irvine Museum Award of Excellence” at the 2018 Laguna Invitational.  She is a member of the historic California Art Club and is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society.

Cindy Baron (b. 1957)
Oil on board
30 x 30 inches

For additional information about these, or other original paintings by California artists, contact the staff at William A. Karges Fine art by telephone at (800) 833-9185 or by email at gallery@kargesfineart.com