Beth van Hoesen
(Boise, Idaho, 1926 - 2010, San Francisco, California)
Beth Van Hoesen, a renowned Northern California artist, is described as an “acknowledged master of drawing and printmaking.” She received her BA from Stanford University in 1948, after also attending painting classes at the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura de la Esculea Esmeralda in Mexico and California School of Fine Arts (CSFA, now the San Francisco Art Institute). Van Hoesen subsequently studied in Fontainebleau, Aubusson and Paris, France, and returned to CFSA where David Park and Clyfford Still were influential instructors. Van Hoesen received recognition for her prints and drawings from the 1950s and was accorded numerous one-person exhibitions, among them, at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her work is featured in five books, is the subject of a comprehensive catalogue raisonné and is represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago,Cincinnati Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Honolulu Academy of Arts and San Francisco Mus. of Modern Art.