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The California Watercolor Style with Mr. Jean Stern

This fully illustrated lecture traces the history and development of the California Watercolor Style of the late 1920s through the present. Mr. Stern, Curator of the exhibition Artistic Legacy: The Ann and Bill Cullen Collection, will define and differentiate this significant variant of American watercolor painting by showing examples of the traditional style in comparison to the California Style.

Painters of the California Style preferred to paint using broad, quick, sweeping brushstrokes of rich color. The paintings are often large format works, painted on full-sheets of paper (approximately 22 inches by 30 inches) using “wet-on-wet,” a method that applies wet color into wet paper.
About Mr. Jean Stern: A nationally recognized authority on California Impressionism, Mr. Jean Stern has extensive experience as an author, curator, lecturer, and teacher. He was the founding and sole director of The Irvine Museum (1992-2016), a small but exceptionally active California institution that collected, researched and displayed paintings of the California Impressionist Style (1890-1940).
Sponsored by the Bowers California Arts Council, an affiliate council of the Bowers Museum.

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium
Ticketed Event: Member $10 | General $15 | Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged.

Online: Member $5 | General $10 | A link to view the presentation will be emailed to you within a week of the event date.


TICKETS: Online or onsite. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

All attendees to the Norma Kershaw Auditorium will be required to wear masks until further notice, regardless of their vaccination status. Free masks will be available at the entrance to the auditorium for anyone in need. Please see Bowers' Health & Safety Page for exceptions.

Image credit: 

Moro Cave, 1970s
Rex Brandt (American, 1914 -2000); Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, California
Watercolor on paper; 12 × 19 in.
Ann and Bill Cullen Memorial Collection

Event details

October 23, 2021 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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