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Arthur Hill Gilbert
(Mt. Vernon, Illinois, 1893 - 1970, Stockton, California)
Hill was born in Illinois and known as an American Impressionist painter. It was after serving in WWI that he traveled to Concarneau, France, which was where he decided to study painting as his future career. He would later study at the Otis Art Institute and the Chicago Art Institute. Today Hill is remembered for is large colorful paintings that depict the California landscape.(SMA Website 3/18/2016)
Arthur Hill Gilbert (June 10, 1893– April 1970) was an American Impressionist painter, notable as one of the practitioners of the California-style. Today, he is remembered for his large, colorful canvasas depicting meadows and groves of trees along the state's famed 17 Mile Drive. Gilbert was part of the group of American impressionist artists who lived and painted in the artists' colony scene in California at Carmel and Laguna Beach during the 1920s and 1930s.
Born on June 10, 1893  in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Gilbert graduated from Evanston Academy (Source: www.comenosfinearts.com, 02/20/01). He then studied at Northwestern University. During this period, he was taught by William Merritt Chase. After a stint at Annapolis, Gilbert served as an ensign in the Navy in World War I. After the war, Gilbert enjoyed "a long awaited sojourn in Concarneau, France where he decided to study painting as a future career", according to a reminiscence by fellow artist and close friend, Abel G. Warshawsky (Source: www.fada.com profile on Gilbert as remembered by Warshawsky, referenced on 12/11/2006). Later, Gilbert attended the Otis Art Institute (now known as Otis College of Art and Design) and the Chicago Art Institute.
According to the biography about him on the website, www.tfaoi.com, Gilbert "spent several years painting and exhibiting in Los Angeles." In 1928, "he moved to Monterey where he became widely known for his paintings of the California landscape, mostly of the local area." Gilbert loved to paint the California Missions, especially Mission San Juan Bautista, whose bell tower, according to FADA.com, "received notoriety in the film Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock." Gilbert also painted the Santa Barbara Mission.
Gilbert and his wife, Audine, owned and lived in a ranch home near Stockton, California. During his lifetime, Gilbert was active both professionally and personally with arts and culture associations including The Bohemian Club and the Carmel Art Association, for which he was a pioneer member.
In a 2001 article entitled "California Impressionism" (www.eppraisals.com, 02/20/01) which discussed the resurgence of interest in this style of early 20th-century art, Victoria Shaw-Williamson (correspondent at the time for www.keen.com) wrote, "Notably, the attention garnered by big names such as Guy Rose is filtering down to other artists as well. Paintings by artists such as John Gamble, Arthur Hill Gilbert, and Mary Denil Morgan are now bringing higher than expected prices." Shaw-Williamson continues, "according to Patrick Kraft, of (a gallery in) Carmel and Los Angeles, artists that were considered second tier 10 or 15 years ago are now more sought after and their paintings are bringing stronger and stronger prices. As prices climb for the Guy Rose paintings, collectors are gravitating towards other artists in the school."
In an essay entitled, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the Eucalyptus School in Southern California, art authority Nancy Dustin Wall Moure wrote that Gilbert "simplified landscape to the point of poeticism." (Source: 5-page Essay, with 44 endnotes, posted at Traditional Fine Arts Online = website address: www.tfaoi.com, as per original which was apparently "courtesy of Westpahl publishing, Irvine, California.")