William Keith Painting


This woodland scene painted by William Keith can be found at Warren Street Antiques. Keith was a Scottish-American painter famous for his California landscapes. He is associated with Tonalism and the American Barbizon school.

According to Saint Mary's College, The great naturalist John Muir called William Keith a "poet-painter," referring to the lyrical quality in Keith's art. As with his contemporaries George Inness, Winslow Homer, and Albert Pinkham Ryder, Keith's style gradually evolved from accurate descriptions of specific places to the use of landscape elements to express and evoke feelings. His love of nature was a common thread throughout his painting career, and one of several bonds between him and John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club and "father" of the National Parks system.

This oil painting, circa 1905, was painted towards the end of Keith's life (he died just a few years later in 1911). From the late 1880s on, Keith painted primarily in a subjective vein in which his emotional and spiritual reactions to the landscape were more important than topographical facts. He painted many woodland views that resembled those of Theodore Rousseau and other Barbizon painters, as well as the American painter George Inness. Inness came to visit the San Francisco Bay Area in 1891. He and Keith painted

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