DescriptionEDGAR ALWIN PAYNE (American, 1882-1947)
Oil on canvas
23 x 27 inches (58.4 x 68.6 cm)
Signed lower right: Edgar Payne
Mr. and Mrs. Ed D. Peters, University Park, Texas.
At the turn of the century, Laguna Beach, California lent its unspoiled nature, picturesque terrain and desirable climate to the inspiration of many artists. Edgar Payne first visited Laguna Beach in 1909 and on that trip he met his future wife, artist Elsie Palmer (1884-1971). Ten years later Elsie and Edgar returned to Laguna and kept a studio for a number of years where the vast and colorful coast of Southern California proved perfect for creating light bathed landscapes. Along with artists Frank Cuprien, Anna Hills and William Wendt, Payne founded the Laguna Beach Art Association and served as its first president in 1920. The Laguna Beach Art Association, as the first public art gallery in Southern California served a pivotal role in shaping the Impressionist movement in California. Payne, like many Impressionists, painted en plein-air allowing him to capture the ephemeral qualities of sunlight on his canvases. He often would paint a number of oil sketches on location and from those sketches create larger, finished works in his studio. The present example depicts a bright, clear day on the coast with sailboats and seagulls on the horizon. Payne used thick brush strokes and saturated hues to emphasize the change of light from a pure, clear sky to an area obstructed by a cloud in the right foreground.
Original canvas, overall very good condition.
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