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  1. California Painting

    The Museum’s important collection of early California paintings and works on paper celebrates the Monterey Peninsula’s legacy as an influential art colony. Spanning the period from 1875 until 1945, the notable holdings include the work of early pioneers such as Jules Tavernier and Raymond Dabb Yelland and notable Impressionists E. Charlton Fortune and Evelyn McCormick. The collection’s emphasis falls on works created during the decades of the 1920s and 1930s—a period defined as California Modernism—exemplified by artists such as Gottardo Piazzoni, Francis McComas and Margaret Bruton. Important gifts from the Ritschel Memorial Trust and Mr. and Mrs. Justin Dart have solidified the Museum’s standing as the major repository of the works of William F. Ritschel and Armin Hansen–two seminal artists who defined the legacy of California landscape painting.

  2. Photography

    The distinguished photography holdings of the Monterey Museum of Art span the history of this medium. The 19th century collection includes the works of Carleton Watkins and William Henry Jackson; Anne Brigman and Johan Hagemeyer represent the early-twentieth century Pictorialist tradition. As befitting an institution situated on the scenic California Central Coast—the cradle of modern American photography—the collection emphasizes the works of the influential f/64 group and subsequent generations of photographers who followed their path. Most notably, featured photographs include Edward and Brett Weston, Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham as well as Wynn Bullock and Henry Gilpin. The broader, national photographic tradition is represented by the works of Charles Sheeler, Aaron Siskind, Irving Penn, Sally Mann and Gary Winogrand, among others.The Museum has also begun expanding its photography holdings into the 21st century with the works of contemporary artists such as Angela Strassheim and Chris McCaw.

  3. Contemporary Art

    The Monterey Museum of Art’s contemporary art holdings span the period from 1945 to the present. The collection includes paintings and works on paper. It includes works by painters such as George Abend and Felix Ruvolo—key figures in the The San Francisco Bay Area abstract expressionism movement, as well as works by Bay Area Figurative School artists, including Nathan Oliveira, David Park, Roland Petersen and Joan Savo. The Museum’s formidable collection of postwar and contemporary prints includes Henri Matisse’s Jazz portfolio as well as notable works by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, American artists in the prints collection include Alexander Calder, Ilya Bolotowsky, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist and Wayne Thiebaud.

  4. American Art

    A counterpart to the Early California collection, the American Art holdings include paintings and works on paper spanning major North American art historical movements of the late 19th century to 1945. The collection includes works by Thomas Eakins and paintings by members of the Ashcan School—including John Sloane—as well as examples by leading impressionists, such as Childe Hassam. The modern art collection includes prints and drawings by Oscar Bluemner, Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Rockwell Kent and key proponents of the Regionalist style, including Grant Wood. Works on paper by master Mexican artists, including David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo comprise another important aspect of the American Art collection.