Artists at Continent's End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907

Artists at Continent's End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875-1907

by Scott A. Shields

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Overview


Few regions rival the magnificence of California's Monterey Peninsula. This beauty, together with a mild climate, rich history, and simplicity of lifestyle, encouraged the development of one of the nation’s foremost art colonies. From 1875 to the first years of the twentieth century, artists were drawn to the towns of Monterey, Pacific Grove, and then Carmel. Artists at Continent's End is the first in-depth examination of the importance of the Monterey Peninsula, which during this period came to epitomize California art. Beautifully illustrated with a wealth of images, including many never before published, this book tells the fascinating story of eight principal protagonists—Jules Tavernier, William Keith, Charles Rollo Peters, Arthur Mathews, Evelyn McCormick, Francis McComas, Gottardo Piazzoni, and photographer Arnold Genthe—and a host of secondary players who together established an enduring artistic legacy.

Most previous accounts claim that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire were the reason that artists began to gather on the Monterey Peninsula. Shields challenges this view by demonstrating that the colony began much earlier—and in Monterey, not Carmel, as often asserted. In an absorbing narrative that combines art and social history, Shields describes how, beginning with Jules Tavernier's arrival in 1875, art produced on the peninsula broke from its East and West Coast antecedents to become increasingly subjective, meditative, and simple. He maintains that, by the turn of the century, the majority of the artists in the region had arrived at a tonal style featuring moody atmospheric effects. Some went one step farther, producing canvases reductive in color and form; others practiced a more colorful impressionism. Created to accompany a major traveling exhibition of works of the Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, Artists at Continent's End places the movement in its art-historical context, comparing its achievement with other approaches including the Barbizon style, art nouveau, arts-and-crafts, and impressionism.

Copub: Crocker Art Museum

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520247390
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/17/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 357
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author


Scott A. Shields is Chief Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Place Where Great Souls Mingle

1. A New Eden: Jules Tavernier and the Beginning of Monterey’s Art Colony
2. Listening to the Earth: William Keith and George Inness
3. Evening Meditations: Charles Rollo Peters and the Mystery of Monterey
4. Pacific Parnassus: Arthur and Lucia Mathews’s Arcadia by the Sea
5. An Atmosphere of Nostalgia: Evelyn McCormick and the “Adobe Painters”
6. Manufacturing Dreams: Francis McComas and California “Reductivism”
7. Eternal Spirit: Gottardo Piazzoni and the Reverence for Land and Sea
8. Altars of an Undiscovered Shore: Arnold Genthe and the Colony at Carmel-by-the-Sea

Conclusion: A Fabulous Dawn Darkened

Biographies
William Adam
Mary Brady
Charles Dickman
Harry Stuart Fonda
Maren Froelich
Charles Bradford Hudson
Isabel Hunter
Christian Jorgensen
Charles Chapel Judson
Bertha Stringer Lee
Xavier Martinez
Mary DeNeale Morgan
Eugen Neuhaus
Jane Gallatin Powers
Granville S. Redmond
Julian Walbridge Rix
Meyer Straus
Elizabeth Strong
Joseph Dwight Strong Jr.
Léon Trousset
Arthur Vachell
Carl von Perbandt
Theodore Wores
Sydney Jones Yard
Raymond Dabb Yelland

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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