John Langley Howard was born in Montclair, NJ on Feb. 5, 1902. Howard was brought to California by his parents as an infant. After majoring in English and engineering at UC, he enrolled at the California College of Arts & Crafts (Oakland), and then continued at Art Students League in NYC under Kenneth Hayes Miller. Returning to California in 1926, he held his first exhibition at San Francisco's Modern Gallery. Shortly after his return, he and his wife bought a house in Monterey and spent many years there. Howard was active as an artist until a few years before his demise in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 1999. Originally inspired by the landscapes of Cézanne, his work evolved into Social Realism duri
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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