In 1883, William Keith made another trip to Europe to study portraiture painting with Carl Marr in Munich. He stayed there for three years and when he returned to California he settled in Berkeley where he would live the rest of his life. William Keith commuted daily by ferry to his San Francisco painting studio and many of his later works are pastoral landscape paintings of Berkeley with oak trees, cows and ponds. William Keith was a prolific artist and painted nearly 4,000 oil paintings of which 2,000 burned in the fire of 1906.
The paintings of William Keith can be divided into two periods: his early paintings are often grand mountain scenes that depict the Dusseldorf School of realism. During the last two decades of his life, his paintings depict the Barbizon School of painting as the works are darker and smaller with emphasis on mood.
William Keith died on April 13, 1911.
WILLIAM KEITH PAINTING EXHIBITIONS
1872-94 (medals), California State Fair
1872-1911San Francisco Art Association
1874-1911 (medals) Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco
1882 National Academy of Design
1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
1894 California Midwinter Exposition
1901 (bronze medal) Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York
1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition, Portland, Oregon
1907-12 Del Monte Art Gallery
1909 (gold medal) Alaska-Yukon Exposition, Seattle, Washington
WILLIAM KEITH COLLECTIONS
The Hearst Art Gallery - Moraga, California
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas - Beaumont, Texas
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