Antique American oil on canvas Lands End, San Francisco by Norton Bush (1834-1894) of surf crashing on rocks and ships sailing in bay, Bowser Collection, circa 1853.
Dimensions: 18-1/2"H x 26"W (frame); 12"H x 19-1/2"W (canvas)
Norton Bush was born in Rochester, New York in 1853. His art instruction started with James Harris, then with Jasper Cropsey in New York City and Frederic Church who were both Hudson River School painters, both greatly influenced Bush. Norton Bush is most known for his tropical works of South and Central America. He is one of the West Coast’s earliest landscape painters, particularly of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His goal from a viewer’s standpoint is to inspire by the overwhelming aspects of nature and fade the position of human beings. In 1853, he established a studio in San Francisco and remained in the area except for a few years in Sacramento and trips to Latin America. From 1878 to 1880, Bush was the Director of the San Francisco Art Association and art director of the California section in the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.