Albert Marshall (1891-1970)
A case of tuberculosis seems to have been the artistic making of Albert Marshall. Growing up in Lindsay, a San Joaquin Valley farming area just south of Visalia that is known for its olive groves, Marshall must have had few opportunities to experience art. Yet his natural inclinations led him to sketch in the margins of his schoolbooks. After high school he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, then California’s most important art school, where he supported himself as a lamplighter. At the outbreak of World War I, he tried to enlist but was rejected because he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. After spending several years in bed, he was advised to go live in the mountains. Just east of Lindsay, in the Sierra Nevada, is Sequoia National Park. Marshall’s first trip there was by horse and wagon, and it took him two and a half days to reach Giant Forest, where he ultimately set up a studio. In the 1930’s his search for dry air led him to settle in La Crescenta, just north of Los Angeles. But in 1942, when an orange grove he owned began to produce, he and his family retired to Three Rivers, just east of Visalia, where he built a hilltop adobe home. His painting forays took in the desert in the winters and the Sierra Nevada, Alaska and Vermont in the summers.
Art at the Jonathan Club, Jonathan Art Foundation