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Serra Museum Tower, San Diego

ca. 1930 Everett Gee Jackson Born: Mexia, Texas 1900 Died: San Diego, California 1995 oil on canvas 23 1/2 x 28 in. (59.8 x 71.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1983.77 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 32B


Luce Center Quote

"I discovered a sense of spatial relationships that has more to do with how things feel than how they look . . . There should be no element in it that does not relate to the whole, and that isn't absolutely necessary." The artist, quoted in "Jackson art--60 personal years . . . And a love for Mexico," San Diego Union, March 4, 1984

Luce Center Label

Everett Gee Jackson painted this well-known San Diego landmark around 1930. The San Diego Historical Society's Serra Museum, still in existence, is located on a hill in Presidio Park and was built in the 1920s. It was here in 1769 that Father Junípero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan missionary, helped establish the first mission and presidio (fort) in California. Jackson, who originally painted bright, impressionistic pieces, traveled to Mexico in the 1920s and was greatly affected by Mexican culture and art. The change in Jackson's style can be seen in Serra Museum Tower, San Diego, through his bold use of color, geometric shapes, and dramatic use of space and viewpoint.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - art building - Serra Museum

Architecture Exterior - civic - museum

Architecture Exterior - religious - bell tower

Cityscape - California - San Diego

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Everett Gee Jackson

Born: Mexia, Texas 1900 Died: San Diego, California 1995