Theodore Wores

During America’s expansion after the Gold Rush, Theodore Wores garnered fame for his paintings of locations in Asia, the Pacific Ocean, and the American Southwest. His style shifted from the dark palette of the time to the brilliant, variegated colors in his paintings. Inspired by American figure and portrait painter Frank Duveneck’s method of plein air, or outdoor, painting, he incorporated “color to represent sunlight and shadow” while understanding Duveneck‘s idea that the “genuine foundation for a painting was the brushwork, and not the charcoal or pencil drawing of a draughtsman.”

Source: Spellman Gallery, Society of California Pioneers, Online Archive of California