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Francis McComas

(Fingal, Australia, 1874 - 1938, Pebble Beach, CA)
American, b. Tasmania, 1875-1938 (N. Cal.; local)
Francis McComas is testament to the fact that artists from all over the world came to the Monterey Peninsula, inspired by its natural beauty. Born in Tasmania, he travelled to San Francisco at the turn of the century. There he studied under Arthur Mathews at the Mark Hopkins Institute. Like so many of his contemporaries, he spent time in Paris at the Academie Julian, absorbing the international influences in, what was then known as, the art capitol of the world. In 1912 he and his young wife, Marie Parrott of San Francisco, settled in Carmel where he described Point Lobos nearby as the "greatest meeting of land and water in the world." In 1917 he and Marie divorced and he married artist Gene Frances Baker. He was one of three California artists invited to exhibit in the 1913 Armory Show in NYC. And at the San Francisco 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition he showed ten watercolors in the Arthur Mathews gallery. He would later turn to larger scale oil paintings intended for the spacious homes of his growing elite clientele.


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