Discussion of excellent marine painters of 19th-century San Francisco
The January 14th lecture opens with an overview of the marine paintings tradition, starting in 17th-cent. Holland and continuing into 19th-cent. England and America. Mr. Harrison examines works by Willem Van de Velde, J.M.W. Turner, Fitz Henry Lane and James Buttersworth and sets the stage for a discussion of excellent marine painters of 19th-cent. San Francisco-- Gideon Jacques Denny, W.A. Coulter, James Hamilton, Joseph Lee, and Charles Dormon Robinson. The styles of the various artists are analyzed, along with a description of the paintings' subject matter, including identifying the kinds of ships portrayed-- clipper ships, schooners, etc., and nautical maneuvers like "backing and filling" which allowed ships to tack against the wind out through the Golden Gate. Various shoreline facilities illustrated by the paintings will also be discussed, including such long-forgotten features along the San Francisco Bay as "Long Bridge." In the late 19th-cent., Long Bridge connected Potrero Hill to Hunters Point and became a weekend excursion destination because of the many restaurants, saloons, rowing clubs and other activities that were built on the bridge. Paintings depicting the Cliff House before the Sutro Gardens existed and oystering near the present-day airport will also be shown.
In addition to being President of The North Point Gallery in San Francisco, which specializes in 19th- and early 20th-cent. American and European paintings, with an emphasis on early California art, Mr. Harrison is a prolific author, lecturer, and expert on early California artists and plein-air painters.
7:15pm mini-exhibit- Members will bring in paintings and artifacts reflecting early California scenes and marine seascapes. 8:00pm - Lecture Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, San Francisco. Enter from Level B1 of the parking garage; pedestrians enter from the concourse side of Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive and down the steps across the street from the museum's main entrance.
$15 for non-members and free to ADAF members.
Presented by American Decorative Arts Forum of Northern California