Orange County Museum of Art

Newport Beach, CA


Elmer Plummer

Early Morning Traffic, 1932

watercolor on paper, 13 1/2 x 17 inches, The McClelland Collection


"California Style: 1930s and 40s," a major exhibition of approximately sixty watercolor works by more than twenty California artists, including Rex Brandt, Phil Dike, and Millard Sheets, opens at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Newport Beach on December 13, 1997 and will remain on view through March 22, 1998.

The California School of painting developed during the 1930s and 1940s, two decades most known for the Great Depression and World War II. Artistic vitality spread throughout the country as artists called out to each other to establish an American style of painting, one that focused on American subjects. Works Projects designed by the Federal Government to aid recovery from the Great Depression helped to stimulate artists in this effort. In California, these painters became prominent, gaining critical acclaim and national attention for their work in watercolor.

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