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Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting
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Arthur Mathews Original California Tonalism American Arts & Crafts Era Movement Atmospheric Landscape with Figure Antique Oil Painting

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Original, vintage 1930s Arthur Frank Mathews California atmospheric tonalism oil painting on a flat wood panel of the American Arts & Crafts movement era of a landscape, with a cottage, at dusk. The painting had two long cracks along the horizon, but has since been professionally restored in that isolated area; all other paint is original to the painting; (this area can be closely examined by zooming in to the painting's images). The painting measures approximately 8.5" X 10" plus the frame, and is in the original dark bronze Arts & Crafts era, carved wood frame. The panel is signed verso, with a very large "M" inside of a painter's palette. Beautiful tonalism painting with figures in a landscape and a striking moody contrasting palette of dark green and maroon, that may have had some sentimental value to the artist.


Arthur F. Mathews (October 1, 1860 – February 19, 1945) was an influential American artist known for his contributions to the American Arts and Crafts Movement and his role in shaping the artistic landscape of California in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Initially trained as both an architect and an artist, Mathews left a lasting legacy through his Tonalist paintings.   

As one of the founding figures of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Mathews played a pivotal role in promoting a return to traditional craftsmanship and the integration of art into everyday life. His artistic vision combined elements of nature, spirituality, and simplicity, reflecting the core principles of the movement.

Together with his wife, Lucia Kleinhans Mathews, Arthur Mathews exerted a profound influence on the evolution of Californian art. Through their artistic endeavors and their teaching, they nurtured a generation of talented artists who would go on to shape the artistic scene of the region. Among his notable students were Granville Redmond, Xavier Martinez, Armin Hansen, Percy Gray, Gottardo Piazzoni, Ralph Stackpole, Mary Colter, Maynard Dixon, Rinaldo Cuneo, and Francis McComas.

Arthur F. Mathews's paintings are characterized by their atmospheric quality, subtle tonal variations, and contemplative mood. His works often captured the serene beauty of the Californian landscape, evoking a sense of tranquility and harmony. 

Throughout his career, Mathews contributed to the development of the arts in California, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural heritage of the state. His artistic achievements and his dedication to fostering creativity continue to inspire artists and art enthusiasts to this day.