Napa Valley Hillside
Napa Valley Hillside by William Henry Clapp
Oil on Canvas, laid down
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Napa Valley Hillside by William Henry Clapp. William Clapp was born in Canada in 1879, to American parents. The family returned to California in 1885, Oakland, across the Bay from San Francisco. Clapp began his art instruction back in Canada, followed by time at the Academies Julian, Colarossi, and Grand Chaumiere in Paris.
Leaving Europe, Clapp settled for many years in Montreal, where he was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Art Academy. Clapp returned to Oakland in 1917 and served as the Director of the Oakland Gallery (now Oakland Museum) for over 30 years.
During the years 1918-1930, Clapp showed his works with a group known as "The Society of Six," a group of artists influenced by the principles of the French Fauvists. Clapp was a prolific artist whose later works are painted in a distinctive pointallist style.