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Joseph Raphael Biography

Born in Jackson, CA on June 2, 1869.  At age 18 Raphael began a ten-year study period at the School of Design in San Francisco under Arthur Mathews and Douglas Tilden.  In 1902 he furthered his art studies in Paris at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Academie Julien under Laurens.  Europe remained his home for the next 37 years, spending most of his time in Holland, France and Belgium; however, his San Francisco agent exhibited his paintings regularly in local shows.  He spent eight months during 1907 in San Francisco and then returned to his wife and children in Belgium.  With WWII approaching, he moved to San Francisco and maintained a studio at 345 Sutter until his death on December 11, 1950.  His early works were influenced by Dutch genre painting, but his proximity to the French Impressionists soon lightened his palette.  Internationally known, he was one of the foremost advocates of Impressionism in California.  Raphael won numerous awards in both Europe and California.  His works are held publicly at Mills College, Oakland, the San Diego Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum, the de Young Museum, the Stanford University Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.