Mt. Tamalpais, circa 1920, attributed to Seldon Connor Gile

by Laurie Thompson

Painting of Mt. Tamalpais attributed to Seldon Connor Gile (1877–1947). Collection of the Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library

The Anne T. Kent California Room thanks Jeff Craemer for his donation of this beautiful painting of Mt. Tamalpais attributed to Seldon Connor Gile (1877–1947), who was one of the founders of the “Society of Six”. It bears the hallmark of Gile’s early California work which features barns and small rustic structures.

Seldon Connor Gile, a self-taught artist born in Maine, moved to California in the early 1900s. By 1905 he was living in Oakland where he pursued his passion for plein-air painting.

Gile is best known as a major force behind the “Society of Six”, a group of Bay Area artists formed in the 1920s whose landscape art was influenced by Impressionism and Fauvism. The “Society of Six” frequently exhibited at the Oakland Art Gallery.

In 1927 Gile moved to Tiburon and later to a houseboat in Belvedere where he continued to paint. During this time he also worked at the Belvedere-Tiburon Branch of the Marin County Free Library where he painted a mural titled “Belvedere Cove, Corinthian Island & Tiburon Hills.” That mural ended up in a collection which was sadly lost in the Oakland Hills Fire.

During the last decade of his life, Gile suffered from alcoholism and financial problems and he died on June 8, 1947, surrounded by many unsold paintings.

Additional information on Gile can be found in Edan M. Hughes Artists in California, 1786–1940.

We also recommend Nancy Boas, The Society of Six: California Colorists.

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