William Keith

1838-1911 America (Scottish/American)-Tonalism

 

Brief Biography-William Keith was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1838. The family moved to New York in 1850, and nine years later, he settled in San Francisco. Keith studied under Samuel Marsden Brooks, a still-life painter, and visited Europe, gaining inspiration from Andreas Achenbach in Düsseldorf and the Barbizon school in Paris. Later back in America, he married for a second time, settled in Berkeley and set up an art class, giving painting lessons to women. Many of his works perished during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, but he continued to paint when touring the Yosemite National Park with his friend John Muir, the environmentalist. Keith died in 1911 in Berkeley. There is a room dedicated to his works at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art in California.

 

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Approaching
Storm

Approaching Storm

After
the Storm

After the Storm

Yosemite
Valley

Yosemite Valley

California
Ranch

California Ranch

Hetch Hetchy Side
Canyon-One

Hetch Hetchy Side Canyon-One

Hetch Hetchy Side
Canyon-Two

Hetch Hetchy Side Canyon-Two


Carmel
by the Sea

Carmel by the Sea


Keith-
Landscape

Landscape

Landscape with
Mount Shasta

Landscape with Mount Shasta

River
at Evening

River at Evening

Stream Through
the Valley

Stream Through the Valley


Sunset Glow on
Mount Tamalpais

Sunset Glow on Mount Tamalpais


The Glory of the
Heavens

The Glory of the Heavens

Under
the Oaks

Under the Oaks

After
California Rain

After California Rain


Breaking
of the Storm

Breaking of the Storm


Mount
Hood

Mount Hood

Birch
Woods

In the Birch Woods

White Mountains and
Conway Meadows

White Mountains and Conway Meadows

Autumnal Sunset on
the Russian River

An Autumnal Sunset on the Russian River Evening

Dark November-
Pastorale

Dark November-Pastorale

Yosemite Sentinel
Rock

Yosemite Sentinel Rock