California, Seen examines the important California Scene painting movement through paintings depicting the rural, urban, and changing landscape of southern California by such featured artists as Emil Kosa Jr., Phil Dike, Millard Sheets, Leon Amyx, Charles Keck, and Loren Roberta Barton – some of the most well-known California Scene practitioners.
As opposed to the often dark and brooding realist styles from other parts of the country, many of the works in California, Seen were painted in vibrant watercolor. The medium, owing its popularity to the radiant climate of southern California, allowed artists to work outdoors and capture their “scenes” at specific moments when the natural light was ideal. (Oil paints being generally too messy and unwieldy to transport and use away from the studio). Although often dealing with heady issues of social realism, urbanism and industrialization, California Scene painters generally portrayed their environments as fresh, energetic bastions of natural beauty and American ingenuity.
September 26, 2008 – April 5, 2009
Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
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