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El Camino de Oro: Journey Through Early California

A Journey Through Early California Starting with the earliest habitation of Native Americans in the Western Hemisphere, some 20,000 years ago, to the Gold Rush of 1849, much of the story of California was chronicled in historical paintings. In this exhibit, the period between 1890 to 1930, is illustrated by the landscape paintings of California Impressionists showing the region before the growth and development that we see today.

Suggested Books

  • California, This Golden Land of Promise
  • Romance of The Bells, The California Missions In Art
  • A California Woman’s Story
  • Reflections of California

To see The Irvine Museum Collection’s entire collection of high-quality books, cards and prints, please visit the bookstore.