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John Gamble

One of Southern California's premier Impressionist artists, John Gamble is best known for his idyllic plein-air landscape paintings. His works set in the Santa Barbara area that feature fields of poppies and lupines, are especially sought after by collectors.

Gamble was born in 1863 in New Jersey, later spending time with his family in Auckland, New Zealand before moving to San Francisco in 1883. He studied at the San Francisco School of design with Virgil William and Emil Carlsen before heading to Paris to study at the acclaimed Academie Julian.

He was strongly influenced by French Impressionist artists, especially Claude Monet. Gamble worked in the classic impressionist style, with rich, bold colors, close attention to light and atmospheric effects, and loose brushstrokes.

Gamble had a studio in San Francisco that was lost in the 1906 earthquake and fire. He relocated to Santa Barbara at that time, where he became one of the most prominent plein-air landscape artists in the area. His preferred subjects included coastal scenes, sunsets, and simple, rustic pastoral views of the countryside.

His paintings can be seen in the public collections of the Irvine Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Fleischer Museum of American Art.


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