Serra Museum Tower, San Diego

  • Everett Gee Jackson, Serra Museum Tower, San Diego, ca. 1930, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1983.77

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.

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 41984
Serra Museum Tower, San Diego
ca. 1930
23 1228 in. (59.871.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Architecture Exterior – religious – bell tower
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – museum
  • Architecture Exterior – art building – Serra Museum
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