|"Breton Tuna boats, Concarneau, France" 1924|
There is a third item that soon becomes apparent, his compositions are very correct but a bit similar. He wrote a great book called "Composition of Outdoor Painting" in 1941 so he was very deliberate in his choices but one wonders if he felt bound by the same grammar he taught in all his pieces. There are very few awkward croppings or what I hesitate to call "modern" framing of scenes and they seem to be limited to the boat scenes. The mountains scenes are by the book and so are most other of the sublime landscapes.
If you go to the exhibition, one should not miss the drawings, photographs and compositional studies he made. they are superb, secure and one can see the seed of every large canvas in them. It's pretty amazing he was two years younger than Picasso. I throw that in there for perspective.
|"Hills of Altadena 1917-1919|
Undoubtedly, Edgar Payne is a "painter's painter", bold, fast and with a keen sense of color and balance. He seems to have "played it safe" a bit but the result is astounding and the brush work would contradict that very statement.
I specially loved one of the paintings of the Matterhorn at sunset. The picture I add here doesn't do it justice at all but you know the drill ...no photos. However, there is a beautifully illustrated catalog for sale I would buy if I had any space left at all in my apartment.