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|One of the more prominent early 20th-century landscape painters in
Northern California, Arthur Best was especially known for his paintings
of the Grand Canyon, Arizona desert, and Sierra Nevada mountains.
With his wife, he founded the Best Art School in San Francisco. |
was born in Mount Pleasanton near Petersboro, Canada, and he and his
brothers were musicians with Arthur playing the clarinet. In 1895, the
band broke up, and the brothers moved to San Francisco where Arthur and
his wife, Alice Leveque Best, established their school at 1625
He became a staff artist for the San Francisco Examiner,
and in 1904, did a series of Grand Canyon paintings. In 1905, he
was commissioned by the Southern Pacific Railroad to paint pictures of
the Southwest and Mexico. Many of his paintings were destroyed in
the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
He died in Oakland on January 26, 1935.
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
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