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Noted Artists

There were a number of highly respected artists who settled in Southern California during the early twentieth century attracted by the climate, economic possibilities, and the inherent beauty of the region. These artists, many born in the midwest and east, others who immigrated from Europe as young adults, were already successful, credentialed, and well-trained, often schooled in the major art centers of Europe. They arrived as well-respected, established artists that were already recognized in their craft by their peers. Most of the artists quickly created a significant contribution to the identity of the region, made California their home, and shaped an enduring image of the Golden State for years to come.​ This section includes capsules on the most prominent and influential early California artists

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