301 Forest Avenue
Pacific Grove, California
Trotter Galleries has, over the last thirty three years, consistently maintained its reputation as a source for collectors by providing quality work of prominent early California artists, 1875-1950. Our gallery specializes in representative examples by formative artists such as Maurice Braun, Franz Bischoff, William Wendt, Evelyn McCormick, Edgar Payne, Thomas McGlynn, Armin Hansen, Mary DeNeale Morgan, E. Charlton Fortune, Arthur Hill Gilbert, William Ritschel, Granville Redmond, John Gamble, and Percy Gray.
We are always interested in purchasing quality works by important Early California Impressionists and American artists. We encourage you to contact our gallery by email, fax, or phone, as we are able to offer you the most favorable terms for outright purchase or consignment of your artwork.
Along with our membership in the Fine Art Dealers Association, we also maintain an active membership in the International Society of Appraisers.
We have two locations on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Please visit us in downtown Carmel on San Carlos near 7th, and in Pacific Grove on 301 Forest Avenue across from City Hall.
Again, we welcome inquiries to the gallery by email, Trottergalleries@comcast.net; fax: 831/625-1456; or please feel free to phone us at 831/625-3246(Carmel); or 831/649-3246 (Pacific Grove).
Terry and Paula Trotter
Euphemia Charlton FortuneBiography of the Artist
Euphemia Charlton Fortune
(1885 - 1969)
"Christ Meets His Mother"
Oil on wood panel
32" x 34"
Signed and dated on reverse
Euphemia Charlton Fortune
(1885 - 1969)
Widely recognized as one of the most significant painters in the history of California art, and one of the most sought after women painters of the West. “I have had two careers”, she stated in a 1968 interview for the Monterey Herald, “One as founder of the Monterey Guild and the other as a landscape painter. Both were enormously interesting and both had their beginnings here.” Born in Sausalito, CA on Jan. 15, 1885. While in her teens Fortune studied art at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and St John's Wood School of Art in London. Returning to California in 1905, she studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Arthur Mathews followed by work at the Art Students League of New York City under DuMond, Mora, Sterner, and Chase. Many of her early works were destroyed when the family home in San Francisco was dynamited during the disaster of 1906. Early in her career she concentrated on portraiture; however, it was her landscapes and harbor scenes which brought her international acclaim. She lived and worked in Europe during three periods between 1897-1927. In California her energies were divided between her studio-home in San Francisco at 1254 Hyde Street and the Monterey Peninsula. One of the first artists to introduce the bright palette of Impressionism to California in the early part of this century, her style was considered modern by conservatives. Fortune was a devout Catholic and in 1929 founded the Monterey Guild which was dedicated to ecclesiastical art. In the mid-1930s she abandoned easel painting for the liturgical arts and, with nine other artists, decorated over thirty Catholic churches across the country. In 1956 she received the Gold Medal Pro Excelsior et Pontifice from Pope Pius XII for her mosaic adornment of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City. Fortune never married, and died in Carmel on May 15, 1969. Member: Carmel AA; California Art Club; SFAA; Society of Scottish Artists; Monterey Guild. Exhibited: Del Monte Art Gallery, 1907-28; SFAA, 1913-34; Calif. Art Club, 1914; Panama-Calif. Expo (San Diego), 1915 (silver medal); PPIE, 1915 (silver medal); Helgesen Gallery (SF), 1918, 1921 (solos); NAD 1921-32; Paris Salons, 1923, 1924 (silver medal), 1934; Galerie Beaux Arts (SF), 1927 (solo); Crocker Museum (Sacramento), 1927 (solo); LACMA, 1928 (solo); Santa Barbara Art League, 1928 (solo); Carmel Art Gallery, 1928 (solo); San Diego FA Gallery, 1928 (solo); Calif. State Fairs, 1928-30 (1st prizes); GGIE, 1939; Oakland Museum, 1981; Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, 1992. Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940”; E.Charlton Fortune/Carmel Art Association, 2001.