Christine Miller High

Vintage San Francisco Cityscapes

Christine Miller High (1911-2010) spent most of her life in Marin and San Francisco. She studied at Miss Burke’s School where she began her art training and then continued her high school studies at Katherine Branson School. After graduating from high school she traveled extensively in the Orient and the Dutch West Indies and upon her return to SF entered the Fashion Art School for several years of study under Maria von Ridelstein. During summer sessions she had the opportunity to study under visiting instructor and master Eliot O’Hara. Her biography is included in Edan Hughes’ book Artists in California, 1786-1940. (See below.) Ms. High was a member of the Society of Western Artists.

Her plein air watercolors explore scenes of 1940s San Francisco, and were acknowledged with the awarding of a one-woman show the de Young Museum in 1941, although it was never installed because of the outbreak of World War II. Her work was shown at the Oakland Museum.

These rare vintage paintings, courtesy of the High family, are being exhibited for the first time in decades. They are done mostly on heavy weight Veritable Papier D’Arches Torchon paper. Certain works are signed by the artist.

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Excerpt from Artists in California, 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes

HIGH, Christine Miller (1911- ).
Watercolorist. Born in San Rafael, CA on Oct. 17, 1911. High’s early schooling included the Katherine Branson School in Marin County and Miss Burke’s School in San Francisco where she began art training. After graduating from high school she traveled extensively in the Orient and theDutch West Indies and upon her return to SF entered the Fashion Art School for several years of study under Maria von Ridelstein. During summer sessions she studied with visiting instructor Eliot O’Hara. Except for four years in the late 1930s when she and her husband were in NYC and Canada, she has been a resident of SF. Many of her landscapes and marines are of the Tahoe area where she spends much of her leisure. She is still active as an artist and a member of the Society of Western Artists. [Interview with the artist.]

-Artists in California, 1786-1940 © 1986 by Hughes, Edan Milton p. 211

 

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