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California Redwoods

William Keith

(Aberdeen, Scotland, 1839 - 1911, Berkeley, California)

c. 1880s-1890s

Oil on fiberboard

28 in. x 14 in. (71.12 cm x 35.56 cm)

Gift of the estate of Lucian Q. Moffitt

1988.15

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Keith was a leading painter in San Francisco, California, where he became known for his panoramic mountain scenes. This image of two figures nestled into the base of a Giant Redwood reflects Keith’s late, tonalist style, which is characterized by rich, warm colors and minimized details. Like his close friend George Inness, Keith embraced the teachings of Swedish mystic Emmanuel Swedenborg, who promoted the spiritual link between humans, nature, and the divine.

Marks

signed "Keith" in oil LR, recto

Keywords
American
Forest
Oil painting
Trees
Woods