Class of Winter 1925

Franz A. Bischoff
b. Steinschönau, Austria, 1864
d. Pasadena, California, 1929
A Cool Fog Drifting, 1924
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches

In 1908, Bischoff moved to Southern California and built a grand home and studio with an extensive flower garden in the Arroyo Seco, home of the annual Rose Parade. Bischoff, one of the foremost painters of porcelain of his day, known as the “King of the Rose Painters,” successfully capitalized on the wave of interest in roses, while transitioning to plein-air painting. In A Cool Fog Drifting, Bischoff captures the mesmerizing beauty of Point Lobos near Carmel, with its twisted cypress trees, sheer cliffs above a surging sea, and ethereal fog. He juxtaposes the foreground trees, lit by a soft winter light, with the deep space and cool turquoise of the sea and sky.

GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956 is organized by the GHS Art Collection, Inc, in association with the Gardena High School Student Body and curated by Susan M. Anderson.