Chris Jorgensen

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A native of Norway, Chris Jorgensen came to San Francisco as a child. His talent for drawing earned him a scholarship at the California School of Design where he excelled as a student. A year working in an architect’s office gave him the experience that he later used to create works of art out of depictions of buildings. Already a major contributor to the San Francisco art world, in 1904 he and his wife Angela Ghirardelli Jorgensen, daughter of the chocolate manufacturer, journeyed by horse and buggy to every California mission. In 1906, he exhibited a complete set of California mission paintings at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, which attracted a favorable review in the Washington Herald, the critic praising them as “most interesting, from an architectural as well as artistic standpoint.”  The artist travlled east to supervise the installation of this exhibition and made a detour to Mexico upon his return to California, painting the architecture of Mexico’s colonial past. Our painting depicts the famous Popocatepetl Volcano from the old streets of Cholula.