Beth Van Hoesen (1926-2010) was a San Francisco artist born in Boise, Idaho in 1926. She studied at Stanford University graduating with a B.A. in 1948, went on to study in Mexico City at the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura de la Escuela Esmeralda. Further studies at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco were followed by continuing work at the Academie Julian and the Acaddemie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Further studies at the California School of Fine Arts, Sanint-Cere in Aubusson, France and at San Francisco State College rounded out her formal studies. Here distinguised career included many honors and awards along with countless solo exhibitions throughout the country.
Holding a secure place in the history of twentieth century west coast graphic art, Van Hoesen’s focus was always dedicated to the interpretation of preparatory drawings as edition prints—often as many as fifty drawings were produced in the development of an etching, aquatint, drypoint or an engraving.
Pelargoniums is a rare of example of a Van Hoesen oil painting.
Donated by the Van Hoesen Estate in 2017