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Theodore Wores (American 1859 - 1939) Woman in a Japanese Garden

Oil on canvas, 14.75 x 8.75 inches/Signed lower right

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Wore was born in San Francisco, California and in 1871, at the age of 12, studied with California artist Joseph Harrington. He was one of the first pupils to enroll in the San Francisco Art Association's California School of Design when it opened in 1874 where he studied for a year with Virgil Williams. In 1875Wores traveled to Munich Germany to study at the Royal Academy with Alexander Wagner and Ludwig Loefftz. While in Germany, Wores also took private study with Toby Rosenthal and Frank Duveneck, who had opened an art school there. In 1879, Duveneck’s American students, known as “Duveneck’s Boys,” traveled to Venice, Italy, where Duveneck shared a studio with James McNeill Whistler. Whistler, who was an admirer of Japanese block prints and had incorporated elements of it into his own art. Whistler, knowing Wore’s interest in oriental art, suggested that he study Japanese art. When Wores returned to San Francisco in 1881, he shared a studio with landscape painter William Keith, and concentrated on painting scenes and people of Chinatown. Circa 1885, Wores traveled to Japan, spending three years there capturing the Japanese people and their environs on canvas, followed by travel to London, England, Boston, Massachusetts and New York City in 1888, where he had a studio beside William Merritt Chase in the Tenth Street Building. Wores wanted to return to Japan, and in 1892 he held an auction of his paintings to fund his second trip there. He returned to San Francisco in 1898, he concentrated more on painting the landscape of California, in but continuing his customary portraiture work. He spent 1901 – 1903 visiting Hawaii, Samoa, and Spain. Wores lost his home and studio during the Great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 fire, but unlike some artists, Wores did not abandon the city, and in 1907 he was appointed dean of the San Francisco Art Institute. He left that position in 1913 and began another period of traveling—Hawaii, Calgary, Canada and New Mexico. Wores lived in Taos, New Mexico from 1915 to 1917 painting Native America genre scenes and portraits. In 1926 Wores converted an old, abandoned church, at Saratoga, in the southern Bay area, into a home. In his later years, he concentrated on landscapes, especially on scenes around the old church. Wores was a member of the San Francisco Art Academy; Bohemian Club; Century Association; Salmagundi Club; Art Society of Japan; and New English Art Club, London. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Munich (1876, 1878 medals); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fines Arts (1884); National Academy of Design (1881-99); Royal Academy of London; Paris Salon (1890); Dowdeswell Gallery (1889, solo); World’s Columbia Exposition (Chicago, 1893); California Midwinter Exposition (1894); Bohemian Club (1894, solo, 1920); Knoedler Gallery (NYC, 1894); St. Louis Exposition (1895, medal); Boston Art Club (1898); Kilohana Art League. Hawaii (1902); Century Club, NYC (1904, Spanish paintings); Alaska-Yukon Exposition (1909, gold medal); Panama-Pacific International Exposition (San Francisco, 1915, gold medal); Golden Gate Exposition (1939).

High auction record for this artist is $483,000.

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