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San Juan Capistrano Mission

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Documentation Notes Signed by the artist lower right.
Origin United States, California
Period 1900-1919
Materials Oil on canvas
Dimensions
W. 24 in; H. 20 in;
W. 60.96 cm; H. 50.8 cm;
Condition Good.
Description A classic example of this well-known California Impressionist's style and subject matter. Frame Stamped Richard Tobey, Los Angeles.

Anna Althea Hills is remembered as an important early California painter who often worked outdoors, “en plein-air”. Born in Ravenna, Ohio in 1882 and educated in the mid-west at the Art Institute of Chicago, her work often featured brilliant palette knife work with distinctly visible thick layers of paint that created an interesting surface texture with vibrant jewel toned colors. Further studies were at Cooper Union in New York and the renowned Academie Julian in Paris, followed by several years of travel throughout Europe.

Anna Hills exhibited a fascination and reverence for the natural beauty of Laguna Beach, where she settled in 1913. She was influential in the flourishing art community there as an active member of the California Art Club, and served as president of the Laguna Beach Art Association for six years. Like many classically trained artists, Hills’ palette lightened considerably after her arrival in California. Her dark, academic style eventually evolved into classic light-infused California Impressionism. She is known for her landscapes, coastal scenes, and canvases depicting Mission San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana Canyon, as well as the Arizona desert.

She was the recipient of the Bronze Medal at the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego in 1915, and also was awarded a medal at the California State Fair in 1919. She died in the town she loved, Laguna Beach, on June 13, 1930.

Her works can be found in the public collections of the Irvine Museum and the Laguna Art Museum.
Styles / Movements California School, Impressionism
Dealer Reference Number 8477
Incollect Reference Number 341694
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