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Irvine Museum: Autumn’s Glory, Winter’s Grace

On your next lunch break, take time to feed your soul as well.Autumn Landscape by Emil Kosa, Jr.

The Irvine Museum is a hidden treasure, tucked away in the heart of the city’s business district. Located on the first floor of the Airport Tower, the museum is home to an intimate collection of art that highlights the golden age of California Impressionism.

The current exhibit, “Autumn’s Glory, Winter’s Grace” is like a breath of fresh air for those of us in Orange County who miss seasonal changes. 

The Impressionist Movement was all about celebrating the unique light and vibrant color of the California landscape. It only takes a few minutes inside the Irvine Museum to be transported to the breathtaking High Sierra, or the amber sunsets of the Laguna coastline. Yosemite Falls from the Valley by Maurice Braun

These paintings also take you back in time, to the unspoiled, undeveloped landscape of of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930)

“Over a hundred years ago, the splendor of nature fascinated artists and compelled them to paint beautiful paintings.” explains Joan Irvine Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors.Autumn Glory by Benjamin Brown 

“As we view these rare and remarkable paintings, we are returned, all too briefly, to a time long ago when the land and its bounty were open and almost limitless.”

The exhibit is manageable;  easy to digest in a lunch hour. Yet it provides a refreshing reminder of California’s natural beauty.

On Thursdays at 11:15am, the Museum offers a docent led tour of the exhibit. But even of your visit is self-guided, you’ll be able to get a taste of vintage California, long before steel and glass corporate buildings and multi-lane super highways.





There’s also an adjacent bookstore in case you want to take home a little bit of beauty with you.



The Irvine Museum

18881 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 476- 0294


“Autumn’s Glory, Winter’s Grace”

Current Exhibit through January 17, 2013

Open Tuesday through Saturday


Docent Tour available every Thursday at 11:15am



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