Bernard James von Eichman is most famous for being a member of the "Society of Six". The dramatically-named group constituted some of the most talented artists in the Bay Area, active principally between 1917 and 1928, who rebelled against the conventions of California landscape painting.
Von Eichman was not a formally educated artist, studying at the Frank Van Sloun School of Art in San Francisco from 1918 - 1920 but who was principally an autodidact. He had a reputation as being something of an unpredictable personality. His early work is difficult to use as a means of tracing his history as an artist as von Eichman himself burned a great deal of it.
Bernard James Von Eichman was known for having a great intellect which he developed on his own. He read constantly and spent many years as a sailor in the merchant marine where he had developed his knowledge of art through books and magazines. His personality did not lend itself to the limitations of artistic conventions. His style was sometimes described by critics as "ultra modern".
Von Eichman's works remain popular with collectors because of their ahead of their time nature, the artist's bohemian reputation and his association with the Society of Six.