John Bond Francisco was an American artist and teacher. He was both a musician and a painter. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and died in Los Angeles.
Francisco began his studies in Cincinnati. He moved to Los Angeles and later spent time studying abroad in Munich and Paris. He studied violin at the same time, taking lessons from instructors in Paris and Berlin.
Both his music and painting careers were active throughout his life. In the discipline of painting, he was considered as among the California Impressionist school of painters. In music, he was a founder of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and served as its first conductor.
John Bond Francisco travelled widely throughout California , painting his Impressionist landscapes with a characteristically Barbizon use of color. He was a friend of Elmer Watchtel, another landscape artist, and the two frequently painted together.
Aside from California, he painted landscapes in northern Arizona and is particularly well-known for some of his Grand Canyon landscapes. Francisco is one of the first landscapists to work so heavily in California which has made his work particularly desirable among collectors. Among the museum collections that hold his works is the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.