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List of famous California Plein-Air Painting artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the California Plein-Air Painting movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable California Plein-Air Painting period artists are organized alphabetically, but you may sort this information by clicking any column. Every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You're able to copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you use on a regular basis. This list has everything from Dorallen Davis to Mary deNeale Morgan. (17 items)
Paul Dougherty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous California Plein-Air Painting Artists
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Paul Hampden Dougherty was an American marine painter. Dougherty was recognized for his American Impressionism paintings of the coasts of Maine and Cornwall in the years after the turn of the 20th Century. His work has been described as bold and masculine, and he was best known for his many paintings of breakers crashing against rocky coasts and mountain landscapes. Dougherty also painted still lifes, created prints and sculpted. The son of a prominent attorney, Dougherty graduated from law school and passed the bar, but chose art over the law. His artistic training was relatively brief. An erudite man and a world traveler, Dougherty sketched and exhibited extensively on both the east and ...more

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: American Impressionism, California Plein-Air Painting

Nationality: United States of America

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Robert William Wood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous California Plein-Air Painting Artists
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Robert William Wood


Robert William Wood was an American landscape painter. He was born in England, emigrated to the United States and rose to prominence in the 1950s with the sales of millions of his color reproductions. He was active in the art colonies of San Antonio, Texas in the 1930s, Monterey, California in the 1940s and Laguna Beach in the 1950s. ...more

Birthplace: Sandgate, United Kingdom

Associated periods or movements: American Impressionism, California Plein-Air Painting

Nationality: United States of America, England

Christian von Schneidau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous California Plein-Air Painting Artists
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Christian von Schneidau


Christian von Schneidau was a well known California portrait painter who was recognized for his paintings of Hollywood stars and the Los Angeles elite. During the Roaring Twenties he painted Mary Pickford and other figures from the film industry as well as a number of outdoor figures done in the classic American Impressionist manner. Von Schneideau was born in Ljungby, Kalmar County, Sweden 1893, with the name Bror Christian Valdemar Von Schneidau, but went by the shortened Christian von Schneidau. In addition to his portraiture, von Schneidau was also a landscape painter and a private teacher who passed on the French principles of instruction, which he learned at the Art Institute of ...more

Birthplace: Sweden

Associated periods or movements: American Impressionism, California Plein-Air Painting

Art Forms: Mural

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Carl Eytel


Carl Eytel was a German American artist who built his reputation for paintings and drawings of desert subjects in the American Southwest. Immigrating to the United States in 1885, he eventually settled in Palm Springs, California in 1903. With an extensive knowledge of the Sonoran Desert, Eytel traveled with author George Wharton James as he wrote the successful Wonders of the Colorado Desert, and contributed over 300 drawings to the 1908 work. While he enjoyed success as an artist, he lived as an ascetic and eventually died in poverty. Eytel's most important work, Desert Near Palm Springs, hangs in the History Room of the California State Library. ...more

Birthplace: Maichingen, Germany

Associated periods or movements: American Impressionism, California Plein-Air Painting, Realism, Realism