Painting
Collection

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The painting collection at the Mills College Art Museum spans from the 17th century to the present, with a significant collection of California paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Works by major Northern California artists such as Anne Bremer, Maynard Dixon,
Joseph Raphael, and William Wendt formed the core of the museum’s collection when it opened in 1925. Since then, the collection has grown and diversified to include a selection of 18th and 19th century French works, Asian scrolls, and Indian miniatures. The painting collection also includes pieces by important modernists such as Vanessa Bell, László Moholy-Nagy, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo, as well as contemporary paintings by Jennifer Bartlett, Jay DeFeo, and Shahzia Sikander.

Select highlights from our painting holdings are available while we continue to expand our digital collection.