in 1992 by Joan Irvine Smith and her mother, the
late Athalie R. Clarke, this is the only museum
in California dedicated to the preservation and
display of California Impressionism or Plein-Air
paintings, an art style that flourished in Orange County and all of California
from 1890 to 1930. Over a hundred years ago, the splendor of nature fascinated artists and compelled them to paint beautiful paintings. As visitors view the rare and remarkable paintings housed here, people are returned, all too briefly, to a time long ago when the land and its bounty were open and almost limitless.
the turn of the century through the 1930s, Laguna
Beach was home to one of the most significant
artists' colony on the Pacific Coast. The Laguna
Art Museum has not only been the focal point of
this art colony but, instrumental in uncovering
its history as well. This museum collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state.
modern and contemporary art. Critically acclaimed exhibitions such as Birth of the Cool: Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury, Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone, Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, and Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, draw more than 40,000 visitors annually.
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