Darwin Musselman's paintings vary widely in style but possess one feature in common - a composition that is highly methodical. After developing skills in drawing and realistic painting, the artist established his most identifiable style, one that reflects the influence of both cubism and abstract realism. Musselman's prominence in the California art world during the mid twentieth century, primarily through his abstract paintings, helped to define what has come to be called "the California Style."(1)
Musselman reserved a set of 50 of his most representative museum pieces for competitive exhibits and eventually kept them for his own pleasure. We have many of these and others of similar very high quality available for collectors. The catalog below documents Musselman's career, awards, and selected collections. We have arranged the available paintings on this website by type, illustrated beneath the catalog. Browse by clicking on a painting style of interest and enjoy the collection.
Brochure from Musselman's last exhibit - a retrospective of his work from 1935 to 1991 held at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA in 1999. Click on the image to see inside.
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1. "The California Style - California Watercolor Artists 1925 - 1955," Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last, Hillcrest Press, Beverly Hills, 1985.
About this site
This site is managed by Dr. Ronald Musselman, the elder son of Darwin and Ethel Musselman. A sister site, darwinmusselman.com, is managed by Ronald's brother, Steven. A link to that site is in the "General Darwin Musselman info" navigation button. To return to the present site, hit "Available paintings" on that site.
The focus of this site is painting education and sales; the focus of Steven's site is just about everything else related to Darwin Musselman. Painting authentication may be initiated at either site; both brothers must agree before a certification is issued on a particular painting found elsewhere. Click on "Contact" to initiate authentication.
All Musselman images contained in this web site are copyright 2009-2014 and remain the property of the estate of Darwin Musselman as outlined in the terms of the Darwin and Ethel Musselman Exemption Trust. In publishing these images, no rights for further publication nor other use are granted or relinquished.