(1838 - 1911)
William Keith was active/lived in California / Scotland. William Keith is known for plein-aire landscape painting, history, genre, portrait.
Biography William Keith
A native of Scotland, William Keith became in the late 19th and early
20th centuries a leading Northern-California landscape artist. In
fact, he was so well known that he is referred to as the "Dean of
California painters." His romanticized views of nature found much
favor among the culturally aspiring citizens of San Francisco and hung
in many foyers and dining rooms in their elegant homes. He
completed thousands of paintings and drawings, and many of them were
lost in his studio in the fire of 1906.
His early works are
dramatic mountainscapes in a realistic style adopted from the
Dusseldorf School of Germany. The paintings of the last two
decades of his life are looser and obviously influenced by h
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