Louis Bassi Siegriest was a California painter, principally of landscapes, whose style differed significantly from the conventions of California painting.
He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in his native Oakland as well as the California School of Fine Art in San Francisco in the early 1900's. Eventually, he would become associated with a group of Oakland painters known as the "Society of Six". The Society of Six had decided to add a new palate to the naturalistic, soft tones usually selected by California painters.
Louis Bassi Siegriest and his fellow Society of Six painters were drawn to the color theories of a group of French artists known as the Fauvists. The Fauvists believed in the use of bold color and of a painterly style. The movement, though it benefitted from the involvement of names such as Matisse, was short lived and drew few followers. It existed only from about 1905 - 1907.
Siegriest lived in the Bay Area for most of his life. He was the son of a wealthy family and lived in their mansion with his children. He worked as a teacher at the San Francisco Art Students League from 1848 - 1951. He did some commercial work in the 20's and 30's.