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Joshua Meador Spring Rain
Joshua Meador
Spring Rain, Valley Ford
oil on linen, 20 x 27
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly - May 2014
Celebrating California Art,
Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:00 - 4:00
other times by appointment 707-875-2911 or 510-414-9821 (cell)
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Alex Dzigurki II
Sunset Fire, Pt. Lobos
oil on canvasboard, 9 x 12

Bodega Bay's
41st Annual
Fisherman's Festival

Intimate Impressionism
from the National Gallery,
A Second Fascinating Look

Sketch of Jules Tavernier
"Gathering at
Tavernier's Studio"
the SF Chronicle March 5, 1880

Current Exhibition
at Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Gallery News Map
to the Gallery
news from our
neighboring galleries

Bodega Bay's Fishing Fleet on Parade
the Blessing of the Fleet

Come to Bodega Bay This Weekend!
April 26th & 27th
the 41st Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival

Blessing of the Fleet - Decorated Boats Parade
Live Music - Seafood - Wine - Beer - Art - Crafts Bathtub Races - Local Pets on Parade
Wooden Boat Building Competition

Adults $12 , Seniors $10, Kids under 12 Free, Free Parking
So much to see and do, no matter which direction you choose to go!

Yes, its time for Bodega Bay's Fisherman's Festival. Recreational fishermen have been bringing home salmon for a couple of weeks now and the local salmon fleet will head out soon. But first, the annual blessing of the fleet and festivities as Bodega Bay celebrates the coming fishing season.

It offers live music, art and crafts booths, fabulous seafood including local fish and oysters, fish 'n chips and clam chowder, and local wines and beer.

Saturday morning, a golf tournament tees off the festivities. Down by the water, the celebrated wooden boat building race and bath tub race take center stage, accompanied by live music and folks admiring local pets including the popular llamas, face painting, and a touch tank tide pool. Local artists and crafts people will have their gems on display for sale.

Sunday, the parade of local fishing boats decked out in their celebration finery will be blessed by a local priest.

Fish_Fest_Awe_Shucks_480.jpgAwe Shucks, raw oysters and great seafood too

These solemn annual blessings had their start more than 50 years ago when the event was part of the "Discovery Days Celebration." Today it is the annual Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival weekend. Discovery Days commemorated the discovery of Bodega Bay by Lieutenant Bodega y Quadra while surveying these waters for the Spanish in 1775 and our fishing heritage since.

At the first "Discovery Days Celebration" event in 1958, some 17 festively decorated boats were blessed in the parade – appropriately led by Eddie, William and Steve Smith, members from the large local Miwok Indian family which began the commercial fishing industry in Bodega Bay in the 1920s.

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Wooden Boat Challenge
Fish_Fest_Llamas_320.jpgSome of the many interesting and
friendly faces to be encountered at Fish Fest.

Today, even with a declining industry, the traditional annual blessing of the fishing fleet is an important observance for the entire community and acknowledges the key role of those who farm the seas, often at great risk to themselves. Local clergy officiate at the Blessing and a flower wreath is cast upon the waters honoring the fishermen lost at sea.

Bodega Bay Fish Fest Site | Photos for this article by local photo artist, John Hershey.
John's photos along with the photos of Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery photographer Diane Perry will be available at the artist's tent during Fish Fest.

Carmen Gaudin, 1885
Henri de Toulouse Lautrec 1864-1901

Intimate Impressionism
at San Francisco's Legion of Honor,
... A Second Look

Last month, we wrote about the Intimate Impressionism Exhibition at San Francisco's Legion of Honor. This month, we wish to give you an expanded peek at more of this fantastic exhibition.

Previously, in our April Issue
Intimate Impressions
from the National Gallery of Art
at the Legion of Honor

Thanks to the temporary closing of the National Galleries East Building on the Mall in Washington D.C., visitors to the Legion of Honor can behold some amazing works.

The paintings in this exhibition are smaller in scale and were originally meant for display within domestic interiors, not museums. They often portray private and personal subjects most familiar to the artists, and were often given as gifts to friends and family.

This profile of Carmen Goudin is quite interesting with the light from the side illuminating an attentive expression. Carmen Gaudin was a favored model used by Henri Toulouse Lautrec in the early 1890's, and is most known for Lautrec's painting The Laundress. She was known to make her living as a laundress, model and prostitute. Lautrec had discovered Carmen while she was leaving a restaurant in 1885. He was reportedly attracted to her for her beauty and tawdriness.

Red Plums
Pierre Bonnard 1867 - 1947
Bonnard_Pierre_The_Artists_Studio_1900_480.jpgThe Artist's Studio
Pierre Bonnard 1867-1947

Pierre Bonnard was a member of the avent-Garde post impressionist group, "the Nabis." His paintings have a dreamlike quality, achieved with a unique sense of color and complex imagery and composition.

Oysters 1862
Edouard Manet 1832 - 1883

In Edouard Manet's day, still life was not held in as high regard as paintings with human figures. They were a lower genre, but enjoyed a good market as decorative items for middle class homes. In Oysters, Manet employs a technique used by earlier dutch painters. He breaks the picture plane by the placement of the fork in the foreground. His thick fluid brush strokes appeal to the senses, as would a plate of raw oysters.

Alfred Sisley rarely painted figures, remaining consistent in his love of plein air impressionism. Although he was born to a wealthy family, the family's fortunes were lost due to the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. He lived the rest of his life in poverty. His paintings did not increase in value until after his death. His painting Meadow received more than its share of admiring views during our visit to the Legion.

Camille Pissarro believed in the dignity of all people, and often celebrated the dignitiy of common peasants in his paintings. While other impressionists chose their subjects from modern life and leisure, Pissarro preferred rural scenes with common folks pausing from their labors as shown here in The Fence. Critics labeled his work as "unadorned rusticity."

Meadow 1875
Alfred Sisley 1839 - 1899
The Fence
Camille Pissarro 1830 - 1903
George Moore in the Artist's Garden
Edouard Manet 1832 - 1883

In his twenties, Irish novelist George Moore studied art in Paris. He never made it far as a painter, but he enjoyed the camaraderie of key artists and writers including Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Alphonse Daudet, Stephane Mallarme, Ivan Turgenev and Emile Zola.

Two portraits by Pierre-Auguste Renoir were most warm and intimate. His Young Woman Braiding her Hair captures this woman in a private contemplative moment, lost in a thought with matter of fact eyes, a slightly down turned mouth, and drooping shoulders.

Young Woman Braiding Her Hair 1876
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841 - 1919

Woman with a Cat was done in the same year as Young Woman Braiding her Hair, and it appears to be the same model. This time, she's in a more upbeat mood, sharing a tactile moment with her cat. Her cheeks glow as she enjoys the cat's purr while luxuriating in the softness of her pet's fur.

Woman with a Cat 1875
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841 - 1919
The National Gallery, Washington DC
The East Building designed by architect I. M. Pei

The National Gallery's East Building is closed for renovation. While the work is being done, 70 of the National Gallery's impressionist and post impressionist paintings are spending the summer at San Francisco's Legion of Honor. Along with the Legion's own permanent collection, this exhibition is a delight for art loving visitors.

On view are works from late 19th and early 20th century painters including Eugene Boudin, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Vincent Van Gogh, and Edouard Vuillard.

Jules Tavernier, A Cloud Effect 1880
"Gathering at Tavernier's Studio"
SF Chronicle March 5, 1880

Jules Tavernier's studio was the scene of a notable raucous gathering of San Francisco painters, so says the March 5, 1880 edition of the SF Chronicle. What is remarkable is that the Chronicle referred to the artists by their last name only. They assumed readers knew these artists well.

Those in attendance at Tavernier's studio included Julian Rix, Edwin Deakin, Joseph Strong, Anne Hopps,

Raymond Dabb Yelland, Charles Dorman Robinson and Gideon Jacques Denny. Other artists were present but were not listed in the article. Following is the reprinted text along with some examples of paintings done by some of the artists in attendance.

SF Chronicle Mar 4 1880 Taverniers Studio Gathering

SF Chronicle, March 5, 1880
A Queer Gathering at Tavernier's Studio Yesterday

Jules Tavernier's studio, at No. 728 Montgomery Street, was yesterday the scene of one of the most curious gatherings that the art circles of the city have hitherto known. It
appears that the artists, with a very praise worthy

desire to aid the Art Association as much as possible, agreed to paint a lot of cartoon pictures on paper to be hung about the streets as an advertisement of the exhibition.

John Martin, the Secretary of the Association, caught at the idea as an excellent one and caused a lot of posters to be printed, containing "Fifteenth Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Association," with a large blank space below for a picture.

To fill in the blank spaces, Rix (Julian Rix 1850-1903), Tavernier (Jules Tavernier 1844-1889), Deakin (Edwin Deakin 1838-1923), Strong (Joseph Dwight Strong 1852-1899), Bouvy (Firmin B. Bouvy 1822-1881), Holdredge (Ransome Holdrege 1836-1899), Dick Bush (Richard James Bush 1843-1914), Belle Osbourne

Isobele Stewart Field (Belle) Osbourne 1858-1953
by her husband, Joseph Strong 1853-1899

(Belle Osbourne Strong 1858-1953), Anne Hopps (1848-?), Mrs. H.E. Highton, Yelland (Raymond Dabb Yelland 1848-1900), Robinson (Charles Dorman Robinson 1847-1933) and others met at the studio named and worked industriously all day.

Julian Rix Winter Twilight 1880
Laguna Beach Art Museum
Edwin Deakin, Campfire in the Redwoods 1875
Laguna Beach Art Museum
Furmin Bouvy 1822-1881, Das Verlorne Spiel

While Rix was engaged in painting "On the Verge," representing Denny in a circus costume on the edge of a cliff with two anchors out behind him; Tavernier materialized Rix's brink in an unmistakable portrait as well as a caricature of the most pronounced variety.

Meanwhile Robinson secured a caricature of Tavernier down to the last curl of his mustache, and Strong created a portrait whose innocent spectacled eyes and projecting chin were Robinson all over with a cloud of imbecility added. The artists worked quickly and well, Miss Osbourne's studies being especially rapid and graceful.

Ransome Holdridge 1836-1899, Napa Valley before 1874
Joseph Strong 1853-1899,
Japanese Laborers on Sprecklesville Plantation 1885
Raymond Dabb Yelland, Sunset at Cypress Point
Gideon Jacques Denny 1830-1886,
Diamond Head from Waikiki, Bishop Museum Collection

It is intended to depose the pictures along Montgomery Street in the windows, and Montgomery street will shortly become a gallery of the fine arts for the free enjoyment of the public and the benefit of the Art Association.

As for Tavernier being the host of such a gathering, it seems most consistent with his reputation, as a writer at the time characterized him as being "free born, unconventional as the wind, ignorer of public opinion, generous, interesting, erratic, improvident, high strung-- all of these things he was in the superlative." He lived by rules, never letting business interfere with pleasure, and never doing today what could be put off until tomorrow.

He was renowned for not paying his bills. Although his paintings sold well, his taste for entertaining friends more than consumed any profits.

But when it came to painting, San Francisco Argonaut publisher Jerome Hart explained the talent of Jules Tavernier by writing, ""He could do anything with a brush -- or without a brush, for he could paint with his spatulated thumb. His brain worked like lightening, and when he was taken in travail with an idea, his wonderful hands -- for he sometimes painted with both of them -- strove to keep up with his electric brain."

Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer at Sacramento's Crocker through May 11, opens June 6 at the Monterey Museum of Art | Back to the Top

Gallery News

Our Gallery Hours are from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Wednesday through Sunday. We are also available for scheduled appointments, especially for those who wish to view the gallery on Mondays or Tuesdays. Please call Dan at the gallery and schedule a visit, or call him on his cellphone, 510-414-9821.

Linda Sorensen Makes Me Wonder
Linda Sorensen, oil painting of Matanzas Creek Vineyard's lavender

Linda Sorensen is participating in this year's Art at the Source with a great group of West Sonoma artists in their studios - a great opportunity to see how artists work. She is setting up her studio now, and the preview shows and tour catalogue distribution will happen soon.

Art at the Source
Saturday May 31 & Sunday June 1
& Saturday June 7 & Sunday June 8
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. all four days

Email Linda: with your mailing address and she will include you in her Art-Postcard mailing with the details. If you do not receive this year's tour catalogue in the mail we can send you one if you let us know.

Jean Warren, our watercolorist who designed this year's Fish Fest poster, will be in Ashland, Oregon, for the May art show and program. Reception May 2, workshop May 3.

This year's Fishermens Festival is located at Westside Park. Take Eastshore Road just north of our gallery down to Westshore Road. While at Fish Fest Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th, check out the Local Artists Tent and our Diane Perry's Photography. Work will also be presented by other friends of our gallery - photographer John Hershey and watercolor artist Wanda McManus.

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What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay,
CA 94923, 707-875-2911 | Map & Location
Celebrating Early California Art and local artists
- original paintings by famous artists of the past
Now showing ... "A Sampling of our Collection", Spring 2014
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The Ren Brown Collection
The Way of the Brush ...
Ikezaki, Yoshio - Yoshikawa, Fumiyo - Yabumoto, Tomiko - Longo -Chiomi | Back to the Top

Ren Brown Collection

Local Color Gallery

Local Color Artist Gallery
Gallery Hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM
1580 Eastshore Dr., Bodega Bay
707-875-2744 |
| Back to the Top

J C Henderson Neptune's Ocean
What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Christopher Queen Gallery

IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
"Painting California"

3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River |707-865-1318| Back to the Top

Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia

IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
"Days of Delight" Diminutive Drawings by Tamsen Donner
Opening: May 2nd through June 30th ~ 2014
Reception: Saturday, May 17 ~ 3-6 pm

Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top

Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi NOW IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery |
* Dennis has recently relocated his unique gallery to Sant Rosa.
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070

Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork. |Back to the Top
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Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
now showing ... Stanley William Hayter and the influence of Atelier

The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Linda Ratzlaff

IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

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17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477 | | Back to the Top
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery

 (707) 473-9600  |
132 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 | Open Tues - Fri 10 to 6, Sat 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 4

john Anderson
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IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level.
If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at, 101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097 | Back to the Top

Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Arts Council
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community

Petaluma Art Center
Photo:Anita Diamondstein
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Lee Youngman
IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Featuring the work of contemporary painter Paul Youngman,
and the works of famed painter, Ralph Love (1907-1992) | Back to the Top
Left ... Lee Youngman, Right ... Paul Yougman

Paul Youngman
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Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area

The Walt Disney Family Museum
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129
-- view location on Google Maps

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de Young Museum
Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George
through May 11

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings

Intimate Impressions from the National Gallery
through August 3
Matisse from SFMOMA, through Sept 7

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Arthur Szyk and the art of the Haggadah
through Jun 29

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Oakland Museum of California

Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape
through Jul 13
ongoing Gallery of California Art
-showcasing over 800 works from the OMCA's collection

-A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco through Jun 29

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San Francisco

Currently closed for a major expansion

Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum
Precious Cargo: California Indian Cradle Baskets
and Childbirth Traditions
through June 1

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

"Heartbreak in Peanuts"
through Aug 11

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

Hearst Art Gallery

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen

Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 954
(707) 939-7862

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Grace Hudson Museum

John Muir's Botanical Legacy
-Mar 29 through May 25 ... Mendocino County 
Art Association turns 60

Grace Hudson Museum Bolinas
Bolinas Museum

featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch, Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby, Russell Chatham, Alfred Farnsworth.
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Walnut Creek
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts

Sky, a national juried exhibition
through May 25 

Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA

San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000 20th & 21st century artworks including paintings, sculpture, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.

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Monterey Museum of Art
5 Decades of California Contemporary Painting
through Sep 22
Jules Tavernier; Artist and Adventurer
Jun 6 - Oct 20

Monterey Museum of Art

Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection

Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Crocker Art Museum
Permanent Collection
Jules Tavernier, Artist and Adventurer

through May 11 Sacramento
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

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Stockton's Treasure!
The Haggin Museum

"if you've not visited yet, you must go!"
-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
-Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
(Norman Rockwell's mentor)
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Southern California (and Arizona)

Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures from the colonial period to World War II— a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
The Irvine Museum
California Impressionism
through May 8, 2014
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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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The Huntington Library

American Art Collection

Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, William Keith, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton and many more.

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena

Norton Simon Museum

-Permanent collection, European paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014

Norton Simon Museum Pasadena Pasadena
Museum of California Art

June Wayne:
Paintings, Prints, and Tapestries
May 4–August 31, 2014

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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum

Architecture in Art March 8 through July 13, 2014
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89
& Beyond
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music
through May 11

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings

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Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
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New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art

The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York