Manuel Valencia (1856-1935): California's Native Son

Saturday, September 9 through Sunday, October 15

A retrospective of nearly sixty paintings by this turn of the century landscape painter selected from public and private collections. Born on the family hacienda, Rancho San Jose, in Marin County, Valencia is from one of California’s earliest families; his great-great-grandfather came to the state with the Anza party in 1775 and later worked at the Presidio. Valencia established a studio in San Francisco, where he studied with Bohemian Club artist Jules Tavernier (1844-1899). After the 1906 earthquake and fire, his family moved to San Jose, but he kept the San Francisco studio. Valencia worked as a staff artist for the San Francisco Call. His paintings can be found in the collections of the California Historical Society, Oakland Museum of California, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Nevada Museum of Art, California State Capitol and Library, Irvine Museum, History San Jose, and the Hearst Art Gallery.

Gallery Registrar/Collections Manager Julie Armistead is the guest curator. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Anza party expert Maria Rieger will give a brief overview of the Spanish expeditions to the Bay Area on Sunday afternoon, September 10, followed by an opening weekend reception. Program begins at 2 p.m. Free, donations welcomed.

The Cemetery:Mission San Luis Rey
oil on canvas, 30 x 20 "
Private Collection. courtesy of DeRu's Fine Arts
San Pablo Bay
oil on canvas, 30 x 50 "
Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Edward H. Boseker
Pastoral with Mt. Tamalpais in Distance
oil on canvas, 20 x 30 "
Customs House, Monterey
circa 1920
oil on canvas,
Collection of Ben Dial, 20 x 30 "
Alameda Marshes and Oakland Estuary
circa 1888
oil on canvas, 20 x 24 "
Collection of the Grace Hudson Museum, City of Ukiah
Point Lobos (Land's End) with Dead Man's Rock
oil on canvas, 20 x 50 "
Collection of William and Maria Canizales