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 John Bond Francisco  (1863 - 1931)

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Lived/Active: California/Ohio      Known for: landscape, figure and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
John Bond Francisco was born in Cincinnati, OH on Dec. 14, 1863.  From an early age Francisco was drawn to both music and art.  He studied the violin with Hermann Eckhardt and painting at the Cincinnati Art Academy for several years. 

He arrived in Los Angeles in 1887 and was so taken with the beauty of the place, he opted to make it his home.  He soon continued his studies in Berlin, Munich, and in Paris at Académies Julian and Colarossi under Courtois, Bouguereau, and Robert-Fleury.  While in Europe he studied the violin in the morning hours and painting in the afternoon.

Upon returning to Los Angeles in 1892, he married and built a home at 1401 Albany Street where he lived for the rest of his life.  Combining an art and music career, he helped form the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra in 1897 and served as their first concert master.  While teaching music and art at his studio, he made painting excursions into the surrounding countryside, often with his pupil Elmer Wachtel.  He combined his Munich technique with that of the Barbizon's influence to produce paintings of California deserts and mountains that held dramatic light and shade contrasts.  Later his palette brightened and he leaned more toward Impressionism.

Francisco's studio in the Blanchard Bldg and his home were a mecca for both painters and musicians until his death on Jan. 8, 1931.

Member: American Artists Club (Munich); Calif. Art Club; Laguna Beach AA; Painters & Sculptors of LA; Athletic Club (LA); LA AA. Exh: Calif. Bldg, World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893; Chamber of Commerce (LA), 1894; Ruskin Art Club (LA), 1902-04; Blanchard Hall (LA), 1907; Alaska Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (gold medal); Hallett Gallery (LA), 1910; Daniell Gallery (LA), 1912; LACMA, 1914; Friday Morning Club (LA), 1915; Biltmore Salon (LA), 1925. In: UCLA; LACMA; Orange County (CA) Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Out West, Sept. 1913; Graphic, 3-10-1918; Who's Who in the Pacific Southwest; American Art Annual 1919-33; Who's Who in California 1929; Los Angeles Times, 8-3-1930; Plein Air Painters (Ruth Westphal); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); So. Calif. Artists 1890-1940; Los Angeles Times, 1-9-1931 (obituary).
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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he became a California painter of impressionist mountain and desert landscapes with dramatic lighting effects.  He was one of the earliest landscape painters to live in Los Angeles.

He studied art and music at Ohio State University and also went to Europe, painting with Fechner in Berlin and Nauen in Munich.  In Paris, he studied at the Julian and Colarossi Academies, and his teachers were William Adolphe Bouguereau, Tony Robert-Fleury, and Gustave Courtois.  He also painted in Switzerland, Germany, and France, and took violin lessons in Berlin and Paris.

In 1887, he settled in Los Angeles where he married and spent the remainder of his life, combining careers of fine art painting and music.  His home and studio at 1401 Albany Street became a popular gathering place for artists and musicians.  In 1897, he helped form the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and was its first concert master.

He painted mountain and tree landscapes and glowing desert scenes, often painting with landscapist Elmer Wachtel.  He was first in northern Arizona in 1906 as a guest of the Santa Fe Railroad, and one of his Grand Canyon views was used for a travel ad.

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
J. Bond Francisco was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1863, where he studied music and fine art. Further studies in Berlin, Munich, and Paris followed his move to Los Angeles in the 1880's.

Returning to L.A., Bond would pursue careers in art and music. He was instrumental in founding the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, serving as it's first conductor.

Painting in a Barbizon palette, Francicso also taught from his studio, and on painting excursions. Among his students was Elmer Wachtel. John Bond Francisco died in Los Angeles in 1931.

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