Painter. Born in Marysville, CA on Aug. 24, 1864. Fonda's art studies were begun at the School of Design in San Francisco in the mid-1880s followed by study in Paris at Académie Julian under Laurens, Berg, and Benjamin-Constant. While in Paris he married May MacLeod in 1896. Upon returning to California, the couple settled in San Francisco. He was professor of drawing and painting at the Mark Hopkins Institute until 1899 and then taught in the public schools in Monterey for several years. In San Francisco Fonda had a large studio in his home at 3011 Sacramento Street where he taught privately. His oil painting, House of the Four Winds, was bought by President McKinley. Painting mainly during sunrise and sunset hours, Fonda produced many lumNearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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