The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the great interest in paintings of William Keith, dead two years, at an estate auction. Naturalist John Muir hailed Keith as a “poet-painter,” and he is most famous for his western landscapes. The Chronicle observes that Keith’s works are “bound to become interwoven in the art history of California if the Keith vogue continues and grows with the vigor that has marked it in the past few years,” and one suspects that notwithstanding the Chronicle‘s mention of Keith as a “local celebrity” and its reference to the “Keith cult,” this timeless art will remain noteworthy a century hence.
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