Mayacamas IV, 4/10/63, Bismark Saddle

Bernice Bing1963

Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum
San Francisco, United States

In 1962, Bernice Bing moved north from San Francisco to work as a caretaker for a vineyard near the Mayacamas mountains in Napa Valley. She stayed for four years through 1966, and in the 1980s moved north again to Philo in Mendocino County. Bing regularly returned to painting the landscape as a spiritual exploration; as she stated, “All nature is pure, and purely abstracted; the spiritual union links both the seen and unseen forces of nature.”

These landscape works are also informed by painting traditions in east Asia. Some recall the famed peaks of China’s Yellow Mountains and relate to the dramatic expressions common to Chinese landscape painting. Others take their form from specific landscape features, like Mayacamas IV, Bismark Saddle; “saddle” is the term for the lower elevation between two mountain peaks.


  • Title: Mayacamas IV, 4/10/63, Bismark Saddle
  • Creator: Bernice Bing
  • Date Created: 1963
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Bernice Bing, F2020.25.8

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