|American Paintings — Manuel Valencia - Yosemite Valley|
|Manuel Valencia - Yosemite Valley
Signed lower right 'M. Valencia'
Medium: Oil on canvas laid down on wood panel
Dimensions: Canvas size: 42” x 64”; Frame size: 50 ˝” x 72 ˝”
Manuel Valencia hailed from one of California’s early families and was named for his grandfather who came to California in 1774 with the Anza party. Manuel’s grandfather became administrator of the Presidio in San Francisco and the Valencia family received a number of land grants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco bears their name.
Valencia was born in Marin County on the family hacienda called Rancho San Jose, which is now Hamilton Field (Novato), and attended Santa Clara College. He studied art with Jules Tavenier and established a studio in San Francisco. After the 1906 earthquake, he moved to San Jose, but kept his San Francisco studio and worked as an illustrator for the San Francisco Chronicle. A skilled oil painter, he painted landscapes and historic scenes of Northern California, especially the romantic mission and adobe buildings that spoke to California’s early settlements.
In “Yosemite Valley” Valencia captures the grandeur of the valley from a classic vantage point where the many iconic formations of the valley come into view.
Valencia’s work can be seen in the collections of the Bohemian Club (San Francisco), The Nevada Museum of Art, Oakland Museums, the San Jose Historical Museum and the California State Capital building in Sacramento.