Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries" features paintings drawn from the Yosemite Museum collection, representing a variety of styles and approaches to the artistic interpretation of this grand landscape. It includes Thomas Ayres' 1855 drawing "Valley of the Yosemite," one of the earliest representations of the park. Works by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, two nineteenth century artists widely known for their paintings of Yosemite and other National parks, are joined by the work of lesser-known artists George Burgess, Constance Gordon-Cumming, and Thomas Laycock. A winter landscape by William Keith, a friend of John Muir, is included in addition to canvases by Harvey Otis Young and Frederick Schafer-examples of the nineteenth century popularity of monumental paintings reflecting the grand scale of Yosemite. Thomas Hill's large oil of the Wawona Tunnel Tree--just returned from an exhibit at the Smithsonian--is also on view.
Twentieth century watercolors by Gunnar Widforss and Chiura Obata are displayed, as is an impressionistic piece by Theodore Wores. Contemporary pieces by Yosemite Artists-in-Residence Jane Culp, Brad Faegre, Brian Keeper, Gregory Kondos, Thomas Paquette, and Richard Richards represent more recent artistic interpretations of the Yosemite landscape.
In addition to paintings and drawings, the exhibit includes historic hotel registers signed by visiting artists. The Cosmopolitan Register is on display, as is an associated interactive kiosk which allows visitors to browse its contents. Thomas Moran's reflectoscope as well as Chris Jorgensen's palette and leather satchel are part of the exhibit.
"Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries" opened on June 4, 2012 and will close on September 30. The museum gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Did You Know?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.