Keith's Cigar Box and Panel Paintings

November 6 - December 12, 2004

The Hearst Art Gallery presents "Keith's Cigar Box and Panel Paintings."

A selection of wooden cigar box panel and other miniature paintings from the College collection and private lenders is on view in the William Keith Room. The College's small Keith paintings and frames have recently been conserved; most are on public view for the first time. Keith's finest miniatures were painted in the 1890s and most were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. He recreated many from memory between 1906 and 1909. Selected paintings from both decades have been included in the exhibition. A display of professional conservation materials and methods used to maintain oil on wood paintings is also on view in the Keith Room.

The William Keith Collection remains a focus of the Hearst Art Gallery. Within the gallery, the Keith Room is dedicated to exhibiting selections from the William Keith Collection of more than 150 paintings by the 19th century landscape master, William Keith. Paintings in the Keith Room are rotated twice annually and coincide with the main gallery exhibition schedule. The Gallery also actively collects, exhibits, and researches 19th and 20th century California landscape paintings and photography.

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