The Irvine Museum

Irvine, CA



Nature's Harmony


"Nature's Harmony," continuing through May 20, 2000, is the Irvine Museum's annual Spring Exhibition for the year 2000. The nostalgic ideal of California as an unsullied Eden is evident in this exhibition of paintings from nearly a century ago. In addition to panoramic views of the California landscape, covered with rolling hills of wildflowers and oak trees, this exhibition features still-life paintings of flowers by some of California's best known artists.

Among the artists represented in Nature's Harmony is John Marshall Gamble (1863-1957), one of California's devoted artists of wildflowers. He is famous for glorious, color-filled views of poppies, lupines, wild lilacs, and other blossoms. Also featured will be works by Granville Richard Redmond (1871 - 1935), one of the museum's most requested painters. Redmond, who was deaf and mute, was a friend of Charlie Chaplin and appears in several of Chaplin's silent films. Paul de Longpré (1855-1911) was a French painter who came to Los Angeles in 1899 and settled in Hollywood long before it became the tourist Mecca of Southern California. De Longpré earned great renown for his elegant and meticulously painted watercolors of flowers, particularly roses. Nature's Harmony will show a special group of paintings by this remarkable artist. (left: John Gamble, Santa Barbara Landscape )

Other artists represented include Dana Bartlett, Franz A. Bischoff, Jessie Arms Botke, Victor Clyde Forsythe, John Frost, Anna Althea Hills, Percy Gray, William Ritschel, Donna Norine Schuster, Jack Wilkinson Smith, Elmer Wachtel, Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, William Wendt, as well as several other noted painters of the period.

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For biographical information on artists referenced in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists

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This article was originally published in 2000.

Rev. 8/27/09

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