William Hubacek (1871-1958)
William Hubacek was born in Chicago, IL, on Oct. 15, 1871. Hubacek came to San Francisco by covered wagon as a child of five and began painting at age twelve. His art studies were at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Yelland, Mathews, and Joullin. His first studio was in the family home in the Mission District at 823 York Street.
After continuing his art training in France, Germany, and Italy, William Hubacek returned to San Francisco and taught at the Mark Hopkins. A significant portion of his earlier works was lost when his studio was destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906. In 1938 Hubacek moved down the peninsula to San Bruno, where he had a studio in his home at 241 San Luis Avenue. His many students from the surrounding area called him “The Old Master.” A highly competent painter of realistic still lifes and landscapes, his work reflects his thorough academic training. William Hubacek died in San Bruno on June 14, 1958.
1892-99 California State Fair
1893-1906 San Francisco Art Association
1893 World’s Columbian Expo (Chicago)
1894 California Midwinter International Exposition
1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition
1939 San Mateo County Fair
1939 New York World’s Fair
1958 San Bruno, California, Public Library (retrospective)
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California 1786-1940”
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