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William Keith, American, (1839–1911)
Mt. Tamalpais, 1893
Oil on Canvas
29 1/2 in. x 47 1/2 in. (74.93 cm x 120.65 cm)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: North America, USA
Credit Line: Gift of William Honnold
Accession Number: 88.8.2 CUC

Alternate Title: California Landscape

Painting is temporarily hanging in New Hall dormitory through Spring 2001.

Oil paint on canvas.

Object Description
Mt. Tamalpais, painted in 1893, is primarily Barbizon in feeling, with its intimate and lyrical mood and narrow tonal range. However, the poetic and vaguely spritual mauve light of the hazy mountain peak points to the aesthetic of George Inness (1825-94), who visited Keith for two months in 1891, and to Keith's own growing involvement with Swedenborgianism.

Mt. Tamalpais is the highest mountain (elevation 2600 ft.) on the west side of San Francisco Bay. Named after the Spanish word for the Miwok Indians, it overlooks the famous redwoods of the Muir Woods, created as a forest reservation in 1896 through the efforts of John Muir and other California conservationists. The mountain was apparently a favorite subject of Keith, for it appears in several of his paintings.

-Kay Koeninger

For more information, please refer to the American Reflections exhibition catalogue.

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