Author and acknowledged expert on California art Edan Hughes passed away in April 2015, and now selections from his renowned collection are being made available.
“Artists in California: 1786-1940” is without a doubt an essential guide for museums and galleries across the nation. The three-volume text was written by Edan Hughes, who himself amassed an impressive collection of art over his renowned career.
After Hughes passed in April 2015, many of his artworks were given to the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, where a gallery in his name has been dedicated. However, the remaining works were bequeathed to Hughes’ friend and neighbor of 20 years, Wayne Smith. Smith and another of Hughes’ friends are working to make their part of the collection available to the public.
The works can be found at, where they will remain for at least a few more months. Both friends are currently working to develop a sales site before closing Hughes’ personal site.
To learn more, visit the California Desert Art.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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