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    WILLIAM KEITH (American 1838-1911)
    Grand Canyon
    Oil on canvas
    12in. x 20in. (sight size)
    William Keith was a leading Northern California landscape artist, known as the "Dean of California painters." His romanticized views of nature found much favor among the culturally aspiring citizens of San Francisco.

    Keith was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and immigrated to the United States sometime in the 1850s. In 1859 he moved to San Francisco where he worked as an engraver and later opened his own engraving firm. Keith studied painting with Marsden Brookes. He married artist Elizabeth Emerson and worked in watercolor painting with her guidance. In 1868 Keith became a full-time painter, and that same year, he was commissioned to paint scenes along the Columbia River and Mount Hood. By August 1869 he had sold enough paintings to finance an extended journey to Europe, including Dusseldorf, Germany and Paris, where he was influenced by the paintings of the French Barbizon School.

    During the winter of 1871-1872, Keith lived in Boston and shared a studio with William Hahn. Keith's work received critical acclaim in Boston and in New York at the National Academy of Design. In 1872, Keith returned to San Francisco and his friendship with naturalist John Muir exposed him to many remote places and in-depth knowledge of natural terrain. During the 1870s, he painted several epic eight by ten-foot High Sierra views. Keith returned to Munich and studied portrait painting with J. Frank Currier and Carl Marr for two years. Keith returned to California and settled permanently in Berkeley, at 2207 Atherton Street. His studio was in San Francisco where he commuted daily and taught many classes. Keith and George Inness painted together in Monterey and Yosemite. By the early 1900s, Keith was one of the wealthiest artists in the United States and certainly was the most successful artist in California. Many of his paintings were shown in New York at the Macbeth Gallery.

    Condition: Old patch lower left repaired and inpainted, areas of inpaint right side, dirty varnish.


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2004
    31st Sunday
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