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Where to View Impressionism in Southern California

Southern California Art Scene | Impressionism Stands Strong

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

California is predominately known for its ultra-modern and deeply abstract artwork, which is surprising given its roots in the famed California Impressionism movement. Within the 163,696 square-miles that comprise this sprawling and diverse state are some of the nation's most important museums, galleries and art collections. Thankfully impressionism is alive and well. You just have to know where to look. 

Norton Simon  |  Pasadena, California
From Courbet to Cezanne, visit this Pasadena gem for exciting exhibitions and an impressive permanent collection.

Huntington Art Museum  |  San Marino, California
During the only West Coast stop on a national tour, The Huntington’s presentation of “The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920” showcases a hand-picked selection of 17 paintings from the exhibition that originated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The J. Paul Getty Museum  |  Pacific Palisades, California
Always on view, the Museum's collection of European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts is arranged roughly by era and the artist's nationality in galleries that span all four pavilions at the Getty Center. Artists in the permanent collection include van Gogh, Poussin, Cézanne, and Liebermann.

LACMA  |  Downtown Los Angeles
Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. (Pictured: Irises by van Gogh)

George Stern Fine Art  |  West Hollywood, California
George Stern Fine Arts specializes in California Impressionism and American Scene painting. With a large inventory of the finest examples of paintings from 1880 through 1940, and beyond.

Hammer Museum  |  Los Angeles
The Armand Hammer Collection provides an impressive overview of the major movements of nineteenth-century French art, with significant examples of realism, orientalism, the Barbizon school, impressionism, postimpressionism, pointillism, and symbolism by artists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Moreau, Camille Pissarro, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

The Autry in Griffith Park  |  Griffith Park, Los Angeles
 View works from the likes of Maynard Dixon, Jean Mannheim, and Edgar Payne during their California Impressionism Exhibition running September 12, 2015–October 2016.

The Erin Hanson Gallery  |  San Diego
The Erin Hanson Gallery showcases the bold and vivacious oil paintings of contemporary impressionist Erin Hanson.  Her colorful and unique paintings bring a new life to the San Diego art scene. A rare contemporary master, her works are also on display at the Medicine Man Gallery, along with the likes of famed Maynard Dixon. (Pictured: Thistle Grove by Erin Hanson)

Galerie Michael  |  Beverly Hills, California
The gallery is known internationally for its leading edge in 17th to 20th Century master works, mounting over eighteen annual exhibitions, including Barbizon and the Journey to Impressionism, Picasso and the Artist’s Muse, Rembrandt: A Comparative View and Renoir and the Impressionists.

The San Diego Museum of Art | Balboa Park, San Diego
 From the Renaissance and Baroque eras to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism; from modern and contemporary art to sculpture and photography; and from Oceania to the Americas, The San Diego Museum of Art has a strong commitment to building the collection and providing a bridge between the new areas of focus and existing collection strengths.

Pasadena Museum of California Art  |  Pasadena, California
 A non-collecting museum, keep an eye out for exhibitions featuring respected artists. Past exhibitions vary from William Wendt to painter and printmaker William S. Rice. 

Irvine Museum of Art | The University of California Irvine, California
Dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930), The Irvine Museum Collection is embracing a principal role in the education and furtherance of this beautiful and important regional variant of American Impressionism.




ERIN HANSON is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oils as a young child.  Her passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms and raw emotional impact. Her frequent forays into National Parks and other recesses of nature include backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, and photo safaris.  Hanson's unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, which is now taught in art schools around the world. With hundreds of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, and she is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

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