The Irvine Museum Collection is dedicated to the collection, display, and study of California Impressionism, a regional variety of the larger Impressionist movement that flourished between 1890 and 1930.
It houses works of art from extraordinary painters like Joseph Kleitsch, William Wendt, Jessie Botke, Guy Rose, Granville Redmond, and Donna Schuster. While many of these artists were prominent cosmopolitan figures in the art world, trained in Europe or New York, they came to California to live and paint, attracted by the state’s beautiful scenic views and extraordinary light effects.
For a long time, this regional art, with its celebration of California’s unique landscapes and diverse natural world, was overlooked. Through the efforts of the Irvine Museum Collection, the significance and artistic merit of California Impressionism has become much more widely recognized.