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 2009-2019 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.
Sales include complimentary shipping and insurance in the Continental U.S and a third-party appraisal for insurance purposes.
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.
Darwin Musselman (1916 - 2001) was a student of Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger after Feininger and other Bauhaus leaders fled to the United States from Germany in 1933. Bauhaus was the highly influential art/architecture design school (1919-1933) known for reduction of design to simple shapes.(1) Musselman's abstract work refects this influence and his prominence in the California art world during the mid twentieth century helped to define what has become to be known as the "California Style."(2) Musselman studied with Feininger in 1937 and it wasn’t until 1947 that his first Feininger-influenced painting was produced (see "Converted" on the "Abstract paintings" page). He also studied with other well-known artists Willard Nash at Art Center School in Los Angeles and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. He received an MA from University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. 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 (see "Millwood" on the Abstract paintings page). 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 brochure 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. We will be happy to answer questions; just fill in the Contact page.