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"Cypress Point, Monterey California"
Oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 48 1/4 inches
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Theodore Wores was born in San Francisco, California on August 1, 1859. Wores began his art training at age 12 in the studio of Joseph Harrington. When the San Francisco School of Design opened in 1874, he was one of the first pupils to enroll. After one year in the school under Virgil Williams, he further studied at the Royal Academy in Munich, and subsequently with Rosenthal, Chase, Duveneck, and Whistler.
Upon returning to San Francisco in 1881, he began painting Chinatown subjects. Three years were spent in Japan in the mid-1880s followed by years of travel when he exhibited in London, New York and Boston, and made a second trip to Japan before returning to San Francisco in 1898. About this time Wores concentrated on portraiture but began painting the California landscape for the first time. The years 1901-03 were ones of travel in Hawaii, Samoa, and Spain. In 1907 he was appointed dean of the San Francisco Art Institute, a position he held for six years. In 1913 he painted in Hawaii and Calgary, Canada and 1915-17 was spent in Taos, New Mexico where he painted the Native Americans of the Southwest.
In his later years he concentrated on the flowering orchards around his studio in Saratoga. During his early career his palette held the warm brown colors of the Munich School and evolved later to the lighter shades of Impressionism. He died in San Francisco on September 11, 1939 having had a long and successful career.
Member: San Francisco Art Association; Bohemian Club; Century Club; Salmagundi Club; Art Society of Japan; New English Art Club, London.
Exhibited: Royal Academy, London; Paris Salon; World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893; California MidWinter Exposition, 1894; Bohemian Club, 1894 (solo); National Academy of Design; Century Club, New York, 1904; deYoung Museum; Stanford Museum, 1922; Cosmos Club, Washington, DC; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.
Awards: gold and bronze medals, Royal Academy, Munich, 1876, 1878; St. Louis Exposition.1895; gold medal, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915.
Works held: Bohemian Club; Oakland Museum; California Palace of the Legion of Honor; De Young Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art; St. Francis Hospital, San Francisco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; White House, Washington, DC; Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; Crocker Museum, Sacramento; California Historical Society; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art; Honolulu Academy of Art; Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print