Sunday, June 17, 2012

Edgar Payne Exhibition

An exhibition of landscape painter Edgar Payne will be on view in Pasadena, California through October 14.
Pasadena Museum of Art / Edgar Payne
Thanks, Steve


Ezra said...

I saw this exhibit last thursday along with a screening of the documentary. I was impressed with the size of some of his canvases and his loose brush strokes. Definitely takes some courage. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of "Composition of Outdoor Painting".

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this! I live near Pasadena.

Adam Hreha said...

Here's a longer preview of the documentary:

There's some footage of Payne working in the studio and outdoors toward the end. Fun to watch.

Stacy LeFevre said...

Thanks for sharing, I must go check it out!

Brad Sutton said...

Yeah this is exhibit is awesome. There are so many pieces of work in there. Plus they have drawing from sketchbooks and some of the original pages from his Composition book. Awesome show!!!

Roberto said...

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the Pasadena Museum of Art / Edgar Payne Exhibition you and Steve suggested and I would like to share my impressions with you.

As usual the Pasadena Museum of California Art has done a very nice job of presenting the works in their well-lit, intimate and accessible galleries. Payne’s large landscapes at the rear of the main gallery are absolutely luminous, as are most of his works. His paintings of fishing boats with their billowing sails were a very pleasant surprise, as were his hand made wooden ship models and furniture

Payne was one of the founders and president of the Laguna Beach Art Association (1918) and the president of the California Art Club (1926), and a major contributor to the early California Impressionist Movement. This is obvious when viewing his collected works. They are all full of color and light, luminous and majestic with outstanding compositions.
As I began analyzing his technique I realized that he does not actually paint in the Impressionist’s, or even the post-Impressionist’s, style. While his brush-strokes are loose, gestural, and full of texture… he does not paint with little daubs of pure color. It was my observation that he rarely used pure, saturated hues on his canvases. ALL his colors were either Tints, Tones, or Shades! Nowhere could I find a pure saturated hue. Yet the overall effect was that of luminous colored light; subtle yet glowing. A big thanx to you and Steve for the heads-up on a great learning opportunity. -RQ