Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929)

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Arroyo Seco Bridge, Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929), 1912, oil, 30 x 40 in. Courtesy the Irvine Museum, Irvine, CA Arroyo Seco Bridge, Franz A. Bischoff (1864-1929), 1912, oil, 30 x 40 in. Courtesy the Irvine Museum, Irvine, CA



If you want to develop a style of bold brushwork and rich color, there is perhaps no better group of paintings to study than those created by Franz A. Bischoff. Although he was known as the "King of the Rose Painters," his landscape paintings make him a sovereign among plein air artists.

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Monterey Coast, by Franz A. Bischoff, ca. 1925, oil, 30 x 40 in.

Dick Bell Book Maven.com once again brings our attention to an important outdoor painter by making available a new book, Franz A. Bischoff. The Life & Art of an American Master. The 220-page book with 286 color images reminds us what that Bischoff created stunningly rich paintings using bold colors, gestured brush strokes, and energetic compositions. For more information, visit www.dickbellbookmaven.com.

Bischoff was born in Bomen, Austria, in 1882 and studied painting and porcelain decoration at a craft school in Vienna. After moving to New York in 1885, he held jobs as a painter in ceramic factories in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. After moving to California from Michigan in 1908, Bischoff turned to landscape painting while continuing his interest in floral still lifes and porcelains. He built a studio-home in the Arroyo Seco in South Pasadena and became an active member of the California Art Club.

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Bush Gardens, Pasadena, by Franz A. Bischoff

Through the 1920s, Bischoff painted the coastal areas of Monterey and Laguna Beach, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the desert near Palm Springs. Some of his most appealing paintings were created in the small California village of Cambria.

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California Woodland, by Franz A. Bischoff

Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum in Irvine, California, is an expert on Bischoff, among many other California artists, and he curated a major exhibition of Bischoff's work, Gardens & Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff, which was presented at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in Pasadena, California (November 14, 2010- March 20, 2011). That exhibition was later shown at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California (June 25-October 23, 2011) and, finally, at the the Irvine Museum. For more information, visit www.irvinemuseum.org.



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