San Francisco artist Beth Van Hoesen (American, 1926–2010) began a remarkable career in printmaking in the mid-1940s. Working alongside other Bay Area artists such as Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, and her teacher David Park, Van Hoesen was an integral figure among a group of Californians at mid-20th century who rebelled against the prevailing New York-based Abstract Expressionism. Although she remains less well known in the general public than her male colleagues, Van Hoesen’s work has long been admired and collected by fine print connoisseurs and important institutions.
Take a look at some of the works from our permanent collection. She explored these themes throughout her long career: portraits of friends, still life compositions (often treating unorthodox subjects), landscapes, and portraits of animals and pet companions.
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