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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836253
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 11.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jean Stern is the executive director of The Irvine Museum. An authority on California Impressionism, he coauthored California: This Golden Land of Promise and has contributed to several books about California artists. He also appears in the PBS documentary series Impressions of California: Early Currents in Art, 1850–1930. Molly Siple is an artist member of the California Art Club. She contributed to the book Enchanted Isle: A History of Plein Air Painting in Santa Catalina Island and has written for magazines such as American Artist and Workshop.

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A recognized authority on California Impressionism, Art Historian Jean Stern has extensive experience in the field as an author, curator, lecturer, and teacher. He has been the executive director of the Irvine Museum since its inception in January, 1993, and has established a national presence for the Irvine Museum in the fields of California Art and History through a noteworthy international series of books, exhibitions, lectures, articles and video documentaries.

Mr. Stern is the author of numerous books and articles on California Impressionism, including monographs on important artists such Franz A. Bischoff, Alson S. Clark, Sam Hyde Harris and Elsie Palmer Payne. In 2001, he and Joan Irvine Smith researched and co-authored CALIFORNIA, THIS GOLDEN LAND of PROMISE, published by Chapman University Press and the Irvine Museum.

He has written essays for numerous books and museum exhibition catalogues. In addition, he has been a contributor to several books on California art including all three PLEIN AIR PAINTERS of CALIFORNIA series of books; GUY ROSE: American Impressionist; ENCHANTED ISLE: A History of Painting on Santa Catalina Island; and FRANZ A. BISCHOFF: The Life and Art of an American Master (2010). His latest book, CALIFORNIA LIGHT: One Hundred Years of the California Art Club (co-authored with Molly Siple) was published in 2011.

Mr. Stern has presented tours and lectures on California Art at the International Cultural Center, Krakow, Poland; the Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris, France; the National Academy Museum in New York; Terra Museum in Chicago; Oakland Museum; Los Angeles County Art Museum; the Mission San Juan Capistrano; the San Diego Museum; the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Gibbes Museum in Charleston; Brigham Young University Museum; the Autry National Western Heritage Center; The Nature Conservancy of California; the California Art Club; the Bohemian Club in San Francisco; and many others. He was a consultant to and appears in IMPRESSIONS OF CALIFORNIA, a PBS documentary video series on art in California, and on PLEIN AIR: PAINTING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE, a 2007 PBS video series.

Since 1993, the Irvine Museum with Jean Stern as director, has produced a number of traveling exhibitions, including SELECTIONS FROM THE IRVINE MUSEUM (1993 and 20010); REFLECTIONS OF CALIFORNIA (1994); ROMANCE OF THE BELLS, The California Missions in Art (1995); GUY ROSE, AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST (1995-1996, a joint project with the Oakland Museum); CALIFORNIA IMPRESSIONISTS (1996, an official event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad); IMPRESSIONS OF CALIFORNIA (1996), accompanied by a PBS documentary series; ALL THINGS BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL (1998), an exhibition tour that included New York and Chicago; CALIFORNIA: THIS GOLDEN LAND of PROMISE (2001); and MASTERS OF LIGHT (2002) the first international traveling exhibition of California Impressionist paintings, shown in Paris, France, Krakow, Poland, and Madrid, Spain.

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This book brings back the California I remember.
ralphwaldoemerson
My partner and I are BIG fans of California Plein Air art so this book will be a terrific addition to our library.
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It is a large book, full of glorious, colorful paintings.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2011
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As a celebration for the 100th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition of the California Art Club, Jean Stern and Molly Siple have written a glowing account of the history of this representational art club and aptly titled it CALIFORNIA LIGHT. Stern is the Executive Director of the Irvine Museum: Siple is a participating artist in the California Art Club and thus we have two vantages from which to appreciate this very beautiful book produced by Skira Rizzoli.

The book includes almost 200 works by 150 artists who have been or are members of this prestigious club. Some of the paintings included are the impressionism of Scott Christensen and William Wray, the gentle realism of Jeremy Lipking and the photographic realism of Taylor Montague, to name but a few. The spectrum of painting styles follows those of American painting during the past hundred years and the glue that binds them is captured in the title of the book - California light.

The reproductions of the paintings are of the highest quality and the accompanying history and commentary by Stern and Siple is eloquent and informative. This book stands on its own as a portfolio of beautiful painting, but as a collection by an `arts collective' it is a very special commemorative catalogue. Grady Harp, April 11
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Brown on May 19, 2011
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The West Coast plein art painters have been totally ignored by the art critics of the big dailies. Here is art that inspires and stimulates. It may not be thought-provoking--you get what you see, but it teaches you to see the beauty in your surrounds. This book in particular has a wonderful array of styles, palettes, and subject matter. Every page is a vivid unforgettable image. Leave your condo, your apartment, your house and walk into the outdoors to appreciate the wonderful natural world we never stop to appreciate. Let the plein art artists sensitize you and guide you to beauty.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Krista Oconnor on September 27, 2011
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A nice tour of the beauty of California from beach to mountaintop all rendered in paint. The seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes all capture nice settings to view page after page. I really enjoyed the Sierra paintings especially. There are a few paintings that stand as amaturistic a bit compared to some clear masters. And there were a few dull paintngs of little girls in dresses that were portraits, not landscapes. Maybe the artist is a friend of the authors or somebody - the only paintings that blemish this book just a bit. Hope they come out with more landscape painting books like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ralphwaldoemerson on February 5, 2012
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This book brings back the California I remember. It radiates a light unlike anywhere else on earth and it envelopes you. I lived near Monterey for a year and this is the first book I've seen that triggered my response of, "That's it! That's what it was like!".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on January 10, 2012
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A beautiful book, covering a who's who of American landscape artists. Many great paintings included from artists such as Edgar Payne, Clyde Aspevig,Jason Situ- the list of well known artists from this organization goes on and on. Especially beautiful about this book is the price- low for an art book! Recommend this for any landscape painter's library.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sergei on May 30, 2011
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This is a beautiful and informative book that uniquely combines a profile and examples of both "historic" California landscape artists with many of the best artists working in California today. The paintings reproduced here represent many of the finest examples of their work.

Jean Stern is the Executive Director of the Irvine Museum of Art in California and is the preeminent authority on this subject. He has written many other books and essays and has lectured widely about California art. Both Mr. Stern and Molly Siple have written brief, lively and authoritative profiles of the artists. Whether you are new to collecting and appreciating art or have been haunting galleries and art auctions for decades you will find much to enjoy and appreciate in this beautifully produced book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blackbull on July 10, 2012
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The California Light school of landscape painting is still glowing long after the state got californicated by hoards of migrating hinterlanders. This book is a great introduction to the wide range of painterly approaches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanne M. Shellan on April 22, 2012
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I'm an oil painter who does a lot of landscapes in a similar style to these artists. This book brings nothing short of inspiration with each turn of the page. Really lovely photos of great works in landscape paintings, mostly oils, show close-ups and double page spreads of some which is the view painters want.
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