Arthur Frank Mathews
(1860 - 1945)
Arthur Frank Mathews was active/lived in California, Wisconsin. Arthur Mathews is known for handcrafted items, decorative, muralist, educator.
Biography Arthur Frank Mathews
A central figure with his wife Lucia in turn-of-the-century, post
earthquake San Francisco, Arthur Mathews devoted himself to
reconstruction of the fine arts in the Bay Area. He had diverse
talents that embraced architecture, mural painting, furniture making,
printing, and urban design, and his style became known as California
Decorative. His murals and paintings came to exemplify the Art
Nouveau style. He was also a proponent of the American
Renaissance style, based on classical disciplines and subject matter of
the Italian Renaissance.
In his allegorical paintings, Mathews
often included female figures in classical dress and used a Tonalist
approach with flat patterns and intense color. Described a
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