Tuesday, August 09, 2011

"Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan's"

Previously lost mid-20th century paintings depicting 19th century California Chinese are now on display in San Francisco:

"Current exhibit of Jake Lee's vibrant water colors depicting unseen history to California's earliest days at the Chinese Historical Society of America" [More]

Exhibit Catalog: Finding Jake Lee: The Paintings at Kan's


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note that while exquisite, these watercolor paintings that were lost and rescued are not entirely historically accurate in the details. For example, there were no vertical cliffs with hanging baskets at Cape Horn. Edson T. Strobridge shows in great detail how this basket myth that misled the artist was fabricated in small steps by a succession of authors.

8/09/2011 5:48 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See the article in The Bay Citizen, "Decades Later, Mystery of Missing Chinatown Art Finally Solved: Acclaimed watercolors hung in a once-glamorous restaurant for 30 years — and then disappeared," by Bernice Yeung, which shows images of the paintings.

8/09/2011 5:56 PM  

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