Gardens & Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff
Gardens & Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff was the most inclusive retrospective of Franz A. Bischoff to date. Starting out as a porcelain painter in the late 19th century, Bischoff’s exquisite renderings of flowers, particularly roses, earned him the nickname, “King of the Rose Painters.” When he turned to plein air painting, the artist drew inspiration from California’s sun-kissed views and its distinctive light and atmosphere, painting vistas from Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco and Monterey Bay, to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He returned to his native Europe in 1912 to study the Old Masters and French Impressionism, and his later work then shifted to a more pronounced and dramatic palette, which was even described as suggestive of Fauvism. Gardens & Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff examines Franz A. Bischoff’s life-long exploration of diverse subject matter and varied materials.