Arthur F. Mathews: Cypresses Boxed Notecards
20 blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box
Printed on recycled paper
Published with the Oakland Museum of California
Box size: 5.375 x 7.375 x 1.5 in.
Card size: 5 x 7 in.
A lifelong artist, influential teacher, and tireless civic-arts advocate, Arthur F. Mathews and his wife, artist Lucia K. Mathews, developed the California Decorative Style—a signature fusion of turn-of-the-20h-century Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts styles.
From around 1910, the couple made annual summer visits to the Monterey Peninsula, where they maintained a house and studio. The distinctive light and color indigenous to the region brought forth more intensity of color to Mathews’s low-toned palette, and the many paintings he made of stands of cypress trees along the Monterey coast remain today among his most popular tonalist paintings. Four are featured in this boxed notecard assortment.