California Post-War Modernism

With the end of the war (World War II), many of those who served took advantage of the GI bill and some enrolled at one of several art schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the most renowned artists in the world either taught or attended school there and the area was a breeding ground for creativity.

Initially, the world-wide art community enthusiastically embraced abstract expressionism as the “new” art. In California, about five years after the war, the Bay Area Figurative Art Movement was born. The 1960s saw many new artistic ideas introduced and followed by select groups of artists.