Oliver ALBRIGHT (1876-1944)

Three paintings by H. Oliver Albright are satisfying from the standpoint of subject, color and general treatment. ‘Shasta’ a white road at the edge of the woods with a background of snowy mountains, is filled with the cool atmosphere of the early morning and ‘Eel River’ is particularly beautiful in tonal qualities. No sentimentality can be felt or detected in ‘Cypress of Monterey Bay’; no melodramatic attitudes on the part of these tormented trees. It is solely with distinction and refinement, nature in its ‘solid beauty.” Jehanne Bietry Salinger about the Beaux Arts Group show (December 11, 1927, The Examiner).

“H. Oliver Albright is a man of whom California may be proud. He has submitted to long years of drudgery and won his goal. Beginning at a time of life which most people would consider too late, he has become a distinguished artist, and his career is not yet complete. Despite the fact that his favorite medium is Chinese ink, he has contributed many representative landscapes of his adopted State in oils which rank high in the lists of conservative painting today.”

Read Oliver Albright biography in California Art Project, volume 15.

At a glance

Birth : 1876, in Mannheim (Germany) as Herman Oliver Albrecht.
Death : 1944, in  San Francisco, California (United States)
Arrival in San Francisco Bay area : 1905
Married to : Gertrude P. Albright
Skills : painter, photographer


TeachersGertrude P. Albright
PartnersGertrude P. Albright
RelationsPaul Elder, Jack London, the Partington family, Spencer E. Macky, George Sterling
Institutions, clubs, venues : Berkeley League of Fine Arts, Club Beaux Arts, Galerie Beaux Arts, San Francisco Art Association

Resources in the Bancroft Library


Partington family papers, 1864-1987. Finding Aid

Data visualization : mapping of Oliver Albright biography

Representative Work

Albright, Oliver. Bay Bridge (CA 1933). In California art research. [Monographs] First series. San Francisco, Calif., 1936-1937 and in California art research. Microfiche edition. La Jolla, Calif. : L. McGilvery, 1987. Vol. 15.

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