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Exhibition opens on Saturday, October 15, 2016
Continues through Thursday, January 19, 2017

MASTERPIECES OF CALIFORNIA ART is a remarkable display of some of the most celebrated works painted in California between 1890 and 1940.  This noteworthy exhibition combines works from the collection of The Irvine Museum as well as magnificent paintings from several important private lenders.

Guy Rose (1867-1925), the most important of the California Impressionist painters, will be represented by two spectacular works: THE GREEN PARASOL, painted in Giverny, France, circa 1909; and LAGUNA EUCALYPTUS, painted in 1916, the signature painting of his visits to Laguna Beach.

The exhibition will feature two works by the most prominent painter of Northern California, Arthur F. Mathews (1860-1945).  MONTEREY COUNTY LANDSCAPE, painted in 1907, is a superb example of the Tonalist style of landscape painting.  Characteristic of Northern California art of the late 19th century, Tonalism features primarily the "earth tones" of browns, dark greens and deep golden yellow.  PICKING POPPIES is a charming view of a mother and daughter on a spring-time outing in a field of California Golden Poppies.

Additionally, MASTERPIECES will display large and significant works by such masters as Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929), Alson S. Clark (1876-1949), Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937), John Frost (1890-1937), Anna Hills (1882-1930), Joseph Kleitsch (1862-1931), Alfred R. Mitchell (1888-1972), Edgar A. Payne (1882-1947), Granville Redmond (1871-1935), Donna N. Schuster (1883-1953), Millard Sheets (1907-1989), Marion K. Wachtel (1870-1954) and several others.

The Irvine Museum is located on the Ground Floor of the Airport Tower Building at 18881 Von Karman Avenue, in Irvine.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The museum is always closed on Sundays and Mondays and major holidays.  Admission to the museum is complimentary.  Ample free parking is available in the parking structure located behind the building.

For 24-hour recorded information and directions to the museum, please call (949) 476-2565.  Visit the website at