Berkeley Hills with Wild Flowers. Charles Dorman Robinson.

Berkeley Hills with Wild Flowers.

ca. 1900. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24" (27 x 33" framed), signed “CD Robinson” at lower left, fine in a beautiful, contemporary, Arts & Crafts gilded frame with some wear. A quintessential view of California poppies on a Berkeley hillside by the prolific plein-air painter of Western landscape, Charles Dorman Robinson (1847-1933). Born in Maine, Dorman's family moved to San Francisco in 1850 where his father built theaters and staged plays, some of the first in the city. He studied painting in San Francisco with Charles Nahl and later in Vermont with marine artists William Bradford and M.F.H. De Haas as well as Impressionist George Inness. Returning to San Francisco in 1874 he and his wife wrote and illustrated articles for Overland Monthly and Century magazine. Over time he achieved widespread recognition for his plein-air paintings, particularly of Yosemite. In the earthquake and fire of 1906 many of his paintings were destroyed and in 1921 disaster struck again with a house fire which destroyed many more. Many of his surviving paintings are held by the Bancroft, the Bohemian Club, and the Society of California Pioneers. One, presented to Queen Victoria, hangs in Buckingham Palace. The hills in this painting now form part of the U.C. Berkeley campus. The wetlands, the Bay, and a hint of the San Francisco peninsular are visible in the distance. Item #110425

Price: $4,500.00

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