|Harry Stuart Fonda |
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Oil on canvas on board
10 1/2 x 16 inches
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Harry Stuart Fonda was born in Marysville, California on August 24, 1864. Fonda's art studies began at the School of Design in San Francisco in the mid-1880's followed by studying in Paris at Academie Julian under Laurens, Berg, and Benjamin-Constant. While in Paris, he married May MacLeod in 1896. Upon returning to California, the couple settled in San Francisco. He was a professor of drawing and painting at the Mark Hopkins Institute until 1899 and then taught at the public schools in Monterey for several years. In San Francisco, Fonda had a large studio in his home at 3011 Sacramento street where he taught privately. His oil painting, "House of the Four Winds", was bought by President McKinley. Painting mainly during sunrise and sunset hours, Fonda produced many luminous coastal scenes, landscapes, and views of the Monterey Peninsula before his death on August 10, 1942.
Exhibitions: Mechanics Institute, 1884-'97; San Francisco Art Association, 1891-1913; California State Fair, 1900-'02; California State Fair, 1902; Del Monte Art Gallery (Monterey), 1907-12; Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915, 1916; Bohemian Club, 1922.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.