''Sand Dunes and Pines, Monterey Coast, Calif.'', signed lower left: Franz A. Bischoff, signed again and titled on an exhibition label affixed verso, oil on canvas, 40'' H x 50'' W, est: $80,000/120,000
Exhibited: Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, Los Angeles, CA, n.d. Note: When Franz Bischoff made his first visit to California in 1900, he was already a successful and admired china decorator in New York, Ohio and Michigan, heralded as the ''King of the Rose Painters'' for his exceptionally fine depictions of blooming roses on ceramic vessels. California left a deep and resolute impression on Bischoff and he returned to the state permanently in 1906. Settling in Pasadena, Bischoff transitioned from ceramics to easel painting and travelled extensively, inspired to paint a wide variety of subjects including farms, wharves, villages and figures at work along with perhaps his most celebrated subjects: California landscapes, seascapes and floral still lifes.
Bischoff was an exceptional colorist who straddled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements in his subjects, palette and work en plein air. Post 1920-paintings such as the present Monterey landscape particularly showcase the artist's use of color to create drama and movement. In ''Sand Dunes and Pines, Monterey Coast, Calif.'', the foreground is dappled with verbena and other wildflowers, harkening back to Bischoff's celebrated china painting while a distant glade, high sand dunes and a cloudy sky create a bucolic setting for the magnificent Monterey cypress that dominates the scene. The background white dunes focus the viewer's attention on the gnarled pine's irregular wind-sculpted trunk as well as the tree's complexly contorted branch system.
Signed and titled again verso: Sand Duns (sic) and Pines, Monterey Coast, Calif. / Franz A. Bischoff / S. Pasadena, Calif. Provenance: Estate of Carroll and Nancy O'Connor, Brentwood, CA
Visual: Generally good condition. Craquelure scattered throughout, concentrated mainly in the sky. New stretcher bars. Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.