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.
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Terry and Paula Trotter
Arthur Hill GilbertBiography of the Artist
Arthur Hill Gilbert
(1894 - 1970)
"Autumn In France" c. 1921
Oil on canvasboard
10" x 13"
Signed lower left; titled on reverse
Arthur Hill Gilbert
(1894 - 1970)
"The summer of 1927 found me domiciled in the quaint and picturesque fishing village of Concarneau, where by chance, I made the acquaintance of a fellow painter, Arthur Hill Gilbert, an upstanding but modest and unassuming young chap. Always an indefatigable worker, he was even then realizing a brilliant series of studies, colorful rocks, boats and the ancient walls of Concarneau’s medieval stronghold. Later that fall we met again in the Normandy countryside. Gilbert, as ever, painting fervidly the glorious and changing effects of autumn and the swift running stream of the Seine. Due to later circumstances, we temporarily lost sight of each other, I went back to Paris and Gilbert returned to his homeland. In the east, Gilbert exhibited in the important National Art Shows, his work bringing him instant success and recognition. The Hallgarten, Ranger and J. Francis Murphy memorial prizes given for the most distinguished landscapes of the year were his awards. Elected to the membership in that most august society of painters, the National Academy of Design, followed soon after. Gilbert, originally a native of Illinois, was educated at Northwestern University. At completion of his courses there he entered the Academy at Annapolis and later served in the Navy as an Ensign during World War One. At the end of hostilities, he received his discharge from the Navy and then left for a long awaited sojourn in France where he decided to study painting as a future career. California ultimately was destined to become his abode and permanent home. At Monterey late in ’39 (by a fortunate coincidence) we found ourselves together. As ever, Gilbert had been painting fruitfully and prodigiously. Here was his Promised Land and the subject matter he loved and understood. With taste and instinctive feeling, plus a complete mastery of his craft, he had each day discovered new and enchanting subject motif that stimulated his ever ready imagination – noble hills, majestic oaks, giant rocks, beating surf and cloud forms of surpassing beauty – all were subjects that flowed naturally from his subtle brush on to the willing and waiting canvas. Gilbert’s paintings of California will remain a monument to his art and to the lovely land he cherishes. To know his work is to know the man himself – modest, generous and wholly understanding". By Abel G. Warshawsky (1883-1962) Fellow artist and close friend of Arthur Hill Gilbert