Arthur Mathews - Paris Studio Interior - 1887

Arthur Mathews - Paris Studio Interior - 1887

Arthur Frank Mathews (1860–1945) was a tonalist painter and one of the fathers of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. As a boy, Mathews learned architecture from his father and worked as a designer and illustrator in San Francisco.  Then he studied at the California School of Design under Virgil Williams.  Mathews moved to Paris in 1885 to study at  the Académie Julian with Jules Lefebvre.  In Paris, Mathews was inspired by Whistler’s  tonalism and by the classical murals of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes.

Upon his return from Paris, Mathews taught at the San Francisco Art Students League and the California School of Design. He became director of the latter in 1890, and in 1894 he married Lucia Kleinhans, a talented  artist herself. Mathews’ students include Gramville Redmond, Xavier Martínez, Percy Gray, Gottardo Piazzoni, and Maynard Dixon.

Arthur Mathews in his Studio

Arthur Mathews in his Studio