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Georgia O’Keeffe’s influence can be seen in the work of many artists. In this blog post, Anna Koster, an artist living in the Bay Area, shares her experiences working with the iconic painter at her home in Ghost Ranch during the 1970s.

Don't miss Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George, an exhibition that examines the themes and motifs O’Keeffe explored in Lake George and which were ultimately canonized in New Mexico.

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"I don’t paint to live, I live to paint." - Willem de Kooning
A leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, famed artist Willem de Kooning was born on this day in 1904 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Happy birthday, Willem de Kooning! Learn more about Untitled XX, a collection highlight, in this archived blog post. NOTE: This work is currently not on view.

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"I don’t paint to live, I live to paint." - Willem de Kooning

A leading figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, famed artist Willem de Kooning was born on this day in 1904 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Happy birthday, Willem de Kooning! Learn more about Untitled XX, a collection highlight, in this archived blog post. NOTE: This work is currently not on view.

Happy birthday, Richard Diebenkorn! Seawall, Diebenkorn’s seminal landscape from 1957, seamlessly integrates representation with the formal properties of Abstract Expressionism. Get lost in the artist’s raw, gestural brushwork by zooming in on the Google Art Project’s gigapixel scan of the painting.Want to learn more about the art of Richard Diebenkorn as it pertains to space? Check out this archived Google Art Talk on the subject, which includes further discussion of Seawall.
Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922–1993). Seawall, 1957. Oil on canvas. Gift of Phyllis G. Diebenkorn. 1995.96

Happy birthday, Richard Diebenkorn! Seawall, Diebenkorn’s seminal landscape from 1957, seamlessly integrates representation with the formal properties of Abstract Expressionism. Get lost in the artist’s raw, gestural brushwork by zooming in on the Google Art Project’s gigapixel scan of the painting.

Want to learn more about the art of Richard Diebenkorn as it pertains to space? Check out this archived Google Art Talk on the subject, which includes further discussion of Seawall.

Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922–1993). Seawall, 1957. Oil on canvas. Gift of Phyllis G. Diebenkorn. 1995.96

The sixth annual ARTWEAR event is less than two weeks away! Join us on May 2nd and 3rd in the Piazzoni Murals Room to experience handcrafted apparel, accessories, necklaces, earrings, and more! Featuring 16 local artisans, ARTWEAR presents the height of wearable art.

In this blog post, we visit the studio of Marna Clark, the founder of ARTWEAR and a multimedia artist whose work will be on view at the event.

Today marks the 108th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, an event which wrecked havoc across the entire city and resulted in the indefinite closure of the de Young. Since 1906, the museum has survived several tremblers, although our building has not. The construction of the new Herzog & de Meuron design was precipitated by damage that the old de Young incurred during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and the new de Young now stands as one of the safest places to be during an earthquake! Learn more in this archived blog post.

Today marks the 108th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, an event which wrecked havoc across the entire city and resulted in the indefinite closure of the de Young. Since 1906, the museum has survived several tremblers, although our building has not. The construction of the new Herzog & de Meuron design was precipitated by damage that the old de Young incurred during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and the new de Young now stands as one of the safest places to be during an earthquake! Learn more in this archived blog post.

Save the date!

Save the date!

We’re going back to the future, this #ThrowbackThursday! In 2011, we hosted Masters of Venice: Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna, an exhibition made possible by that museum’s closure due to an ambitious remodeling project.

This week, the San Francisco Film Society presents The Great Museum, a new documentary that shows viewers the inner workings of the Kunsthistoriches as it prepares to reopen after the extensive renovation and reinstallation of its palatial galleries!

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Splashing into Lake George in New York, 1945.
This photo and others from the National Geographic archives are being auctioned by Christie’s in an exclusive, online-only sale from July 19-29, see here for detailsPhotograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

Lake George has been a source of inspiration for American artists since the 19th century. The region’s stunning topography rivals that of European lakes, which made it a popular tourist destination when stagecoaches and later the railroad made the region more easily accessible from major cities nearby. 
The lake also attracted numerous artists to its shores, including Thomas Cole, John Frederick Kensett, Martin Johnson Heade, and of course, Georgia O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe first visited Lake George in 1908 on a scholarship from the Art Students League in New York that allowed her to attend an artists’ retreat there. From 1918 until 1934, O’Keeffe visited Lake George yearly with her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, whose family owned an estate on the western shore of the lake. 

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Splashing into Lake George in New York, 1945.

This photo and others from the National Geographic archives are being auctioned by Christie’s in an exclusive, online-only sale from July 19-29, see here for detailsPhotograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

Lake George has been a source of inspiration for American artists since the 19th century. The region’s stunning topography rivals that of European lakes, which made it a popular tourist destination when stagecoaches and later the railroad made the region more easily accessible from major cities nearby. 

The lake also attracted numerous artists to its shores, including Thomas Cole, John Frederick Kensett, Martin Johnson Heade, and of course, Georgia O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe first visited Lake George in 1908 on a scholarship from the Art Students League in New York that allowed her to attend an artists’ retreat there. From 1918 until 1934, O’Keeffe visited Lake George yearly with her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, whose family owned an estate on the western shore of the lake. 

Happy birthday, Thomas Hart Benton! In this painting, Benton updates the biblical theme of Susanna and the Elders, boldly positioning the virtuous bather in Missouri rather than Babylon. The regionalist artist’s modern (and rather risque) take on this traditional subject caused a sensation when the work was exhibited throughout the Midwest and West in 1938 and 1939. 
Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975). Susanna and the Elders, 1938. Oil and tempera on canvas mounted on wood. Anonymous Gift. 1940.104

Happy birthday, Thomas Hart Benton! In this painting, Benton updates the biblical theme of Susanna and the Elders, boldly positioning the virtuous bather in Missouri rather than Babylon. The regionalist artist’s modern (and rather risque) take on this traditional subject caused a sensation when the work was exhibited throughout the Midwest and West in 1938 and 1939. 

Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975). Susanna and the Elders, 1938. Oil and tempera on canvas mounted on wood. Anonymous Gift. 1940.104

"I will find you!" Did you know that The Last of the Mohicans, based on the iconic James Fenimore Cooper novel, is set in and around Lake George? 

Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years’ War. After its 1826 publication, The Last of the Mohicans became one of the most popular English books of its time, and defined Lake George as an American icon.