Heather James Fine Art, celebrating its 20th anniversary, continues its tradition of celebrating California Impressionists with the latest exhibition, California Impressionism, on view through May. The exhibition showcases bright, optimistic paintings that changed the course of the prevailing art style of the early 20th century, while uniquely highlighting some of the women of this movement.
Many American Impressionists traveled to France to study with the French Impressionists, and when returning to the United States found that California provided the most similar lighting and colors to the French Riviera and countryside. California Impressionism flourished as a distinct subset of American Impressionism, depicting the state’s exceptional beauty with a focus on coastlines, canyons, deserts, forests, and mountains. The works in the exhibition are of beautiful figurative and landscape scenes, and as a whole represent this historical movement. Artists represented include John Frost, Joseph Kleitsch, Jessie Arms Botke, Gehring Cressey, Paul Lauritz, John Marshall Gamble,