Bay Area art collector Wendy Willrich recently decided that the Crocker Art Museum should become the ultimate home for her collection of 41 early California paintings. The gift is transformative, and will contribute immensely to the Museum's unparalleled display of California art.
Ranging in date from the 1870s through the 1940s, the collection begins with images of California’s majestic Sierra Nevada scenery in the style popularized by the East Coast’s Hudson School, and continues with quieter Barbizon-inspired and Tonalist landscapes in watercolor and oil. These, in turn, give way to plein-air Impressionist and Post-Impressionist scenes of mountains, desert, and sea. Features scenes from the northern, central, and southern parts of the state.