Henri Matisse certainly wanted to visit the School when he arrived in San Francisco in 1930. This photo shows him with faculty member, Spencer Macky and the School's Director, Lee Randolph--who photobombs nearly all the historical images in the SFAI Archives of the 1920s and 1930s. Matisse said that he had "never seen such magnificent light and working conditions" than at the studios of the School.
With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.