California’s Crocker Art Museum celebrates the work of 19th century landscape painter Raymond Dabb Yelland.
The late 19th century was a great time for American landscape painting. Consider the names alone: Bierstadt, Church, Durand, Kensett, Bricher, Gifford and Moran. One name that does not come up very often, though certainly should, is Raymond Dabb Yelland, whose work is now being featured in an exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.
Raymond Dabb Yelland: California Landscape Painter, which is now open at the museum, features 25 paintings of West Coast scenery by the Britishborn artist who lived most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically in Oakland.
“This is the first exhibition in more than 50 years to celebrate the life and work of an important 19th-century painter who was a contemporary of many notable artists in the Crocker’s permanent
collection,” says the museum’s director and CEO, Lial A. Jones. “We are excited to bring these remarkable paintings to Sacramento and offer the public a chance to see them all together at the Crocker.”
Yelland came to California in 1874 after sailing around Cape Horn. He purchased a summer home on the Monterey Peninsula, a serene location where he was inspired to paint many of his most iconic coastal scenes. Later he was an art instructor at Oakland’s Mills College, the California School of Design in San Francisco and at UC Berkeley.
Alfred C. Harrison Jr., the Crocker’s guest curator of the exhibition, notes that the painting Point Bonita from Point Lobos is one example wherein the artist skillfully contrasts the sunset warmth of the headlands with the cool blue of the ocean.
“As the orange and blue tones recede into the distance, they become attenuated in harmonious gradations, adding to the serenity of the painting and constituting much of its emotional appeal,” Harrison explains. “Yelland depicts delicate, cottony waves sliding into the shore in a peaceful manner, giving it his signature, tranquil mood.”
The exhibition will remain on view through January 27.
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Raymond Dabb Yelland (1848-1900), Point Bonita from Point Lobos, oil on canvas, 18 x 30". Collection of Roger and Kathy Carter.
Raymond Dabb Yelland (1848-1900), Yosemite Valley, 1885, oil on canvas, 40 x 60". Collection of Roger and Kathy Carter.