Del monte art gallery

DEFINITION

Exhibition space at the Del Monte Hotel, famous as a resort in Monterey, California, and built by the Southern Pacific Railroad, this gallery was where Tonalist and Impressionist artists exhibited their work beginning 1907 when the Gallery opened in the hotel. The venue was established by artists who had fled the fire and earthquake of San Francisco, and it became the first exhibition venue in America to exhibit works exclusively by California-based artists. With 40 artists exhibiting annually, it was a key factor in establishing the area of Monterey and Carmel as an art center. Prominent among exhibiting artists at Del Monte Art Gallery were Armin Hansen, Euphemia Fortune, William Keith, and Gottardo Piazzoni. Source: William Gerdts, 'American Tonalism, Essay in "Poetic Vision: American Tonalism", Spanierman Galleries, LLC exhibition catalogue, 2005; AskART database

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