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The Irvine Museum celebrates its twentieth anniversary with Lasting I mpressions: Twenty Years of The Irvine Museum\, on display January 26 t hrough June 6\, 2013. The exhibition features many of the museum's most pop ular and important California Impressionist paintings\, including works by Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929)\, George Brandriff (1890-1936)\, Alson S. Cla rk (1876-1949)\, Frank Cuprien (1871-1946)\, Paul de Longpré (1855-1911)\, William A. Griffith (1866-1940)\, Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931)\, Granville R edmond (1871-1935)\, Guy Rose (1867-1925)\, Donna Schuster (1883-1953)\, Wi lliam Wendt (1865-1946)\, and many others.

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Founded by Joan Irvine Smith\ , Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke\, and James Irvine Swinden (the museum's current president)\, and with California Impressionism expert Jean Stern a t the helm as Executive Director\, The Irvine Museum opened its doors on Ja nuary 15\, 1993. Since its opening\, The Irvine Museum has been dedicated t o the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist perio d (1890-1930)\, and has played a principal role in the education and furthe rance of this important regional variant of American Impressionism that has come to be associated with California and its landscape.

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In the past tw enty years\, the museum has organized sixty-five exhibitions\, seventeen of which have toured throughout the United States. The exhibition Masters of Light toured overseas from 2002 to 2004 in Paris\, Krakow\, and Madr id. Additionally\, the museum has published seventeen books that document t he California Impressionist style including California Impressionists (1996)\, California: The Golden Land of Promise (2001)\, and Ca lifornia Lights: A Century of Landscape (2011)\, as well as publication s featuring California Impressionist painters as in Guy Rose: American I mpressionist (1995)\, In Nature's Temple: The Art and Life of Willia m Wendt (2008)\, and Franz A. Bischoff: The Life and Art of an Ameri can Master (2011)\, among others. More than 3\,000 sets of the museum's publications have been gifted by the museum to libraries in public schools \, private schools\, and colleges\, as well as local\, county\, and state p ublic libraries\, free of charge.

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In conjunction with Lasting Impress ions\, the museum will display eight works of art created by local chil dren and curated by Curator of Education Dora James. In the past twenty yea rs\, several thousand Orange County students have participated in field tri ps to The Irvine Museum\, and many teachers have sent the museum drawings o f the children's favorite paintings inspired by the museum's collection.

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FEATURED ARTISTS

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Paul de Longpre (1855-1911)
Paul de Longpre gained wide po pularity in France as a flower painter before coming to the United States a nd settling in New York City around 1890. The lure of California’s year rou nd sunshine and blossoms brought de Longpre to Los Angeles in 1898. He held a large exhibition of his flower paintings and was met with immediate succ ess. Two years later he built an extravagant Moorish style mansion surround ed by a three-acre garden boasting more than 3\,000 rose bushes. This site became the first tourist attraction in Hollywood\, with 25\,000 visitors ea ch year. Fascinated by the abundance of insects and wildlife\, de Longpre f requently included garden inhabitants in his paintings. He was called “Le R oi de Fleurs” (The King of Flowers) and won many awards during his lifetime

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Percy Gray (1869-1952)
Percy Gray was born in San Francisco to a family with a rich artistic and literary heritage. Both of his paternal grandparents were professional painters in nineteenth-century England with various other relatives also p ursuing careers in art. During a childhood illness\, Percy Gray was given s ketching materials to use as a pastime and quickly discovered that he had a talent for art. At sixteen\, he was enrolled in the California School of D esign. He began his career as a sketch artist for the San Francisco Call newspaper. In 1895\, he went to New York and worked for eleven years a s the head of the art department for William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal\, while furthering his art studies at night. Gray returned to S an Francisco in 1906 and joined the art department of the Examiner\, where he remained until almost 1920. By that time he was able to establish himself as a professional landscape painter.

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Paul Grimm (1891-1974)< /b>
Born of German parents i n South Africa\, Paul Grimm came to the U.S. at age 7. When he was eighteen \, he won a scholarship to study at the Dusseldorf Royal Academy in Germany . In 1919\, he moved to Hollywood\, where he painted backdrops for movie st udios. Thirteen years later\, he decided to move to Palm Springs. Grimm spe nt much of his summertime painting in the High Sierra\, but he is best know n for his scenes of the changing moods of the Southern California desert. H is studio/gallery on Palm Canyon Road was visited often by President Eisenh ower where the two shared confidences. The President wrote “I profited from the experience of seeing how a real artist creates the effects he wants.”< /span>

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Anna Hills (1882-1930)
Anna Hills received her artistic training at the Art Institute of Chica go and Cooper Union Art School in New York. She taught art at local public schools and eventually continued her education at the Academie Julian in Pa ris and spent four years traveling in Europe. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1912\, she moved to California and soon settled in Laguna Beach. Anna Hill s co-founded and served as president of the Laguna Beach Art Association fo r six years and helped raise funds to establish the present art museum. A h ighly respected teacher\, Hills promoted the visual arts through lectures a nd the organization of special exhibits which circulated among Orange Count y public schools. While her early works generally lacked strong color use\; that quickly changed upon her arrival in Laguna Beach when her palette bri ghtened dramatically. With a style that included palette knife and quick br ush strokes\, she became a plein- air landscapist\, painting in both oil an d watercolor.

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Frank Myers (1899-1956)
Myers studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1917\, f ollowed by training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in Fra nce at the School of Fine Arts at Fontainebleau. He was a member of the fac ulty at the Cincinnati Art Academy for 23 years. Myers first visited the Mo nterey Peninsula in 1926\, while on summer vacation. In 1940 he decided to move to Pacific Grove\, California and was a vital force in the Monterey Pe ninsula art world for 16 years\, teaching and serving on art juries. Myer’s work includes portraits as well as landscapes and urban scenes. His early paintings show a strong sense of realism handled in bold and expressive bru sh strokes\, and at other times\, he produced brightly colored works showin g his keen interest in French Impressionism. Gradually\, he developed a str ong sense of abstract design and in the late 1920’s\, he produced a number of remarkably advanced paintings in an analytical style bordering on abstra ction. In his later years Myer’s interest increasingly turned to painting t he ocean.

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Granville Redmond (1871-1935)
In 1871\, the Redmond family moved to California and in 1879 Granville was enrolled in a boarding school for the deaf at Berkel ey. He learned sign language and pantomime\, and a new world opened. He fou nd special encouragement from two teachers\, both deaf artists\, who recogn ized his natural artistic ability and continued to open doors for Redmond t hroughout his life. When he graduated in 1890\, he studied at the Californi a School of Design and then to Paris at the Academie Julian. By the time Re dmond returned to California and established a studio in Los Angeles in 189 8\, he had developed the skills and absorbed the influences that would give him a distinctive style uniquely his own. He had been reluctant to leave F rance\, but he soon found upon his return that California offered all the n atural beauty and atmosphere he would need for a lifetime of painting. Redm ond continued throughout his career to move easily between the poppy painti ngs that brought him financial success and the quieter\, tonalist pictures he found more artistically rewarding.

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Arthur Rider (1886-1975) < /span>
Rider received his early trai ning at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. In his student years he painte d for the Chicago Lyric Opera and later traveled to Europe. While living in London\, he painted for the London Opera at Covent Garden. He further stud ied at Academies de la Grande Chaumiere and Colarossi in Paris. For nine su mmers he painted in Spain where he met Joaquin Sorolla who greatly influenc ed his work. They painted together on the beaches of Valencia. In 1924 Ride r moved to Los Angeles and during the 1930’s maintained a studio-home in La guna Beach. For over thirty years he was one of the leading scenic artists with MGM and Fox Studios. Rider painted throughout California and Mexico\, seeking locales which would remind him of the color and light he had seen i n Spain. His paintings are rich in color with intense\, brilliant light.

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William Wendt (1865-1946)
Essentially self-taught\, Wendt attended evening classes at the Art Institute of Chicago for only a brief period. Dissatisfied with figure stud ies\, he preferred painting landscapes and quickly became an active exhibit or in various Chicago art shows. Wendt had made several trips to California \, throughout the years. In 1906\, Wendt married Julia Bracken\, a sculptor from Chicago\, and they decided to move to Los Angeles. The two worked har moniously together\, she in the studio and he wandering the hills sketching \, then\, returning to translate his sketches into finished landscapes. Wen dt painted exactly what he saw in nature with warm colors and outstanding e ffects of light and shadow. His early works reflect the feathery brush stro kes and hazy atmosphere of Impressionism. In his later works\, after about 1912\, he employed a distinctive block-like brushwork giving solidity to hi s renditions of natural forms.

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