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Gifts of Art

Since its founding in 1895 in Downtown Los Angeles, the Jonathan Club houses a collection of paintings by the early California Impressionist masters. While caring for the Club's collection, the Jonathan Art Foundation has been building its own collection for over thirty years. Collectively, the two collections now contain a large number of works by California Impressionists, Tonalists and Regionalists, including Franz Bischoff, William Keith, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond, Guy Rose, Jack Wilkinson Smith, Marion K. Wachtel and William Wendt; contemporary works by Peter Alexander, Gerald Brommer and Robert Glenn Ketchum as a product of the Club's Resident Artist program; and hundreds of works from plein air artist and portraitist Theodore Lukits. 

Join us in building a strong California art collection with a gift of art to the Jonathan Art Foundation. Your gift will be enjoyed by our members and the public and will leave a lasting legacy by inspiring future generations.

Our collections committee gives careful consideration to all gifts of art before they become part of the collection. Please email us by clicking here if you would like to donate artwork.

The Theodore Lukits Estate:

A Notable Illustration of a Gift of Art

On August 31, 1932 artist Theodore Lukits was admitted as Artist Member of the Jonathan Club, and in 1949 he was granted Artist Life Membership. In July 1990 the artist and his wife, Lucille, made a gift to JAF of many of his pastels and oils, comprising over 360 works of art. The Theodore Lukits Estate's donation agreement required that the collection remain intact and that JAF would ensure that it continues to be shown to the public. The donation contract also stipulated that sale of pastels and damaged oil paintings from the Lukits collection was allowable for the sole purchase of paying for mats, frames and restoration, insurance or transportation which is directly related to that collection.

As the caretakers of a proud collection of early California Impressionist art, it has been our mission to share this treasure with the community through the lending of artwork to local institutions. Lukits’ oil and pastel landscapes are startling for their acute rendering of color, vibrating with almost neon sunsets and glimmering moonrises. In 2015-16 we were a prominent lender of Lukits' work to the to the exhibition California Light at Sturt Haaga Gallery in Descanso Gardens and Theodore N. Lukits (1897-1992): An Aesthetic Realist at Palos Verdes Art Center. In this exhibit were 28 pastels highlighting the artist’s phenomenal, atmospheric plein air landscapes, as well as a few of his captivating portraits. Several works from the Theodore Lukits Estate collection can be seen all around the Jonathan Club as well as at the California Court of Appeal in Riverside. 


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