January 4 – March 20, 2020
Our new artwork offerings are as diverse and unique in terms of medium as they could be. From a ca. 1930 bas-relief wood panel by Peter Krasnow to a 1933 tightly rendered watercolor by Alexander Cañedo to a 1915 portrait in oil of San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts by William Howell Bull, these artworks are each of disparate media but are similar in that they each are important examples by these well-exhibited artists.
William Howell Bull’s The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco is an important piece of California and American history. The art exhibited at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) included the latest in both American and European art. The PPIE was a celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal as well as the recovery and rebirth of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and subsequent devastating fire. One of the most important venues for the exhibition of paintings and sculpture at the exposition was the fabulous Palace of Fine Arts, designed by famed architect Bernard Maybeck. There has been no better rendition of this Beaux-Arts edifice than that created by William Howell Bull in this 1915 oil painting. Bull portrayed the venue at night and included stars in the sky as well as the alluring lighting created to enhance the beauty and serenity of this San Francisco landmark. The artwork is an important and historical reminder of the existence over 100 years ago of the magical PPIE.
Artwork Featured in This Exhibition