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Manuel Valencia: California's Native Son (1856-1935)

September 9 - October 15, 2006


The Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College will present Manuel Valencia: California's Native Son (1856-1935) from September 9 through October 15, 2006. When the catalogue essay and wall texts are available nearer to the opening date of the exhibit, the museum will provide them to Resource Library for publication. In the meantime several images of artworks from the exhibition are provided for your enjoyment.

Manuel Valencia: California's Native Son (1856-1935) is a retrospective of more than fifty paintings by this turn of the century landscape painter selected from public and private collections.

Born on the family hacienda, Rancho San Jose, in Marin County, Valencia is from one of California's earliest families; his great-grandfather came to the state with the Anza party in 1775. Valencia established a studio in San Francisco, where he briefly studied with Bohemian Club artist Jules Tavernier (1844-1899). After the 1906 earthquake and fire, his family moved to San Jose, but he kept the San Francisco studio. Valencia worked as a staff artist for the San Francisco Call. His paintings can be found in the collections of the California Historical Society, Oakland Museum of California, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Nevada Museum of Art, California State Capitol and Library, Irvine Museum, History San Jose, Grace Hudson Museum, and the Hearst Art Gallery.

Gallery Registrar/Collections Manager Julie Armistead is the guest curator. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Anza party expert Marie Rieger will give a brief overview of the Spanish expeditions to the Bay Area on Sunday afternoon, September 10, followed by an opening weekend reception.


(above: Manuel Valencia (1856-1935, Pastoral with Mt. Tamalpais in Distance, 1915, oil on canvas. courtesy of Trotter Galleries, Carmel)


(above: Manuel Valencia (1856-1935, San Pablo Bay, oil on canvas. Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Edward H.Boseker)


(above: Manuel Valencia (1856-1935, Point Lobos (Land's End) with Dead Man's Rock, oil on canvas. Collection of William and Maria Canizales)


(above: Manuel Valencia (1856-1935, Alameda Marshes and Oakland Estuary, circa 1888. Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah)


(above: Manuel Valencia (1856-1935, Customs House, Monterey, circa 1910, oil on canvas. Collection of Ben Dial)


(above: Manuel Valencia (1856-1935, Meandering , oil on board. Collection of Ben Dial)



(above: Manuel Valencia (1856-1935, Seventeen Mile Ride, Monterey, oil on canvas. Private Collection, courtesy of DeRu's Fine Arts


(above: Manuel Valencia (1856-1935, The Cemetery, Mission San Luis Rey, oil on canvas. courtesy of DeRu's Fine Arts)


Editor's note: RL readers may also enjoy an image of Point Lobos from the TFAO photo library,

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