Edgar Payne

In honor of its tenth anniversary, the PMCA proudly presents a retrospective of artist Edgar Payne (1883–1947), one of the most gifted and beloved of California’s early plein-air painters. With its majestic, vital landscape subjects and a bravura application of pigment, Payne’s work exemplifies the power and dynamism that distinguishes California Impressionism from the more genteel French Impressionism of the 18th century. The first major exhibition of his work in over forty years, The Scenic Journey traces Payne’s artistic development as he traveled the world and features over 100 objects, from paintings and drawings to photographs and studio artifacts.

This exhibition is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art and curated by Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., chief curator and associate director of the Crocker Art Museum, with Patricia Trenton, Ph.D. advising. Additional venues for the exhibition include the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, and the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK.

Presenting sponsorship is provided by Mark Pigott.

Underwriting support is provided by the Historical Collections Council of California Art, Barbara and Michael Brickman, Simon K. Chiu, Jeff Dutra, Robert Giem, Cathie and David Partridge, Ray Redfern of the Redfern Gallery, Donna and Mark Salzberg, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Stiles II, and Anonymous.

Additional support is provided by the Jonathan Heritage Foundation, the MacTon Foundation, Kathleen and Paul Bagley, Yvonne J. Boseker, Bente and Gerald Buck, W.C. Foxley, Linda and Jim Freund, Susan and Whitney Ganz, Jay Howard Grodin, Ruth and Robert Mirvis, Earlene and Herb Seymour, Bernard Vandeuren, Gerard Vuilleumier, Bonhams & Butterfields, Christie’s, George Stern Fine Arts, Heritage Auctions, John Moran Auctioneers, Josh Hardy Galleries, and Steven Stern, California Paintings.

Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey catalogue can be purchased online

View the trailer for the upcoming CPT12 PBS documentary Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey

Image Credits:

Sunset, Canyon de Chelly, 1916. Oil on canvas, 28 x 34 in. Mark C. Pigott Collection
Brittany Boats, c. 1924. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Robert and Nadine Hall Collection
Along the Riviera, Menton, France, 1922. Oil on canvas, 29 x 29 in. Collection of James Taylor and Gary Conway