Romance of the Bells: The California Missions in Art

Romance of the Bells: California Missions in Art focuses on paintings of California’s historic Spanish missions created between 1850 and 1950. Featuring works by such important Impressionist painters as Franz Bischoff, Alson Clark, Joseph Kleitsch, Arthur G. Rider, Elmer Wachtel, and William Wendt, this exhibition features gentle rolling landscapes filled with lush wildflowers alongside the weathered adobe walls of the missions. The romance of these old missions has been immortalized by artists who sought to capture the unique historical heritage of old California, as well as the spirit and beauty of the California landscape.

This exhibition is organized by The Irvine Museum and curated by The Irvine Museum Executive Director Jean Stern. This exhibition is supported by the Historical Collections Council of California, Josh Hardy Galleries, Robert Giem, and PMCA Board Member Simon Chiu.