Golden Hour

Cal­i­for­nia’s Crocker Art Mu­seum cel­e­brates the work of 19th cen­tury land­scape painter Ray­mond Dabb Yel­land.

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.crock­er­art.org.

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.

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