Charles Dormon Robinson

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Charles Dormon Robinson (1847-1933) received his first lessons in art from Charles C. Nahl as a child in San Francisco. During his teen-age years, he studied with William Bradford and George Inness in the East before returning to San Francisco in 1874. Robinson started exhibiting marine paintings of San Francisco Bay that established his reputation as a professional painter of stature. Over the years, Robinson broadened his repertory to include Yosemite subjects and Marin County landscapes, but he never abandoned scenes of San Francisco Bay that had brought him his first success. This beautiful painting of fishing boats coming ashore at dusk dates from his later period after the artist had spent two years in Paris in 1900 and 1901. It shows the broader brushstrokes and looser technique of French turn-of-the-century landscape painting along with the poetic articulation of atmosphere of the American “luminist” tradition.