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Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Visit to The Irvine Museum (California Impressionists' Paintings)

Edgar Payne "The Sierra Divide" (detail)
We just got home from a week in Southern California for vacation.  I'm busy doing all those "when you get home" things, so I'm unable to paint right now.  But I want to share my visit to a fine art museum that I recommend to art lovers who can get there to see it.  It is called The Irvine Museum, and it is dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930).  Here is a link to their website for more information:  http://www.irvinemuseum.org/

The Irvine Museum is the best collection of California Impressionistic work there is (that I know of anyway).  Many of the artists were plein air painters as well.  I bought the museum book entitled "Selections From the Irvine Museum".  I took photos of a few pages in this book to show you a few paintings that we saw in person.  This museum is fantastic, and amazingly, it is free.  They change their show 2 or 3 times a year, and they have about 3,000 works to pull from to show in the museum.  The show we saw was a traveling show (traveled around the U.S.) and now was back home. 


Edgar Payne "Sycamore in Autumn" (detail)



Hanson Puthuff "Mystical Hills" (detail)

Guy Rose "Point Lobos" (detail)

Matteo Sandona "In Her Kimono" (detail)

Edgar Payne "Wine Boats" (detail)



Arthur Rider "The Spanish Boat" (detail)

Paul Lauritz "Poinsettias" (detail)

John Gamble "Santa Barbara Landscape" (detail)


6 comments:

ti-igra said...

Hello, Carolyn! Oh! Thank you for share with us your visit to museum and giving such beautiful inspiration for us!
These picrures are very beautiful! And I see that one "Santa Barbara Landscape" - is very simular to your pictures! :-)))

You are amazing artist, Carolyn! Wishing more paint-time for you and hello for all your big family!!!! :-)))))))))
Good mood for you and LOVE in your hearts!

Carolyn said...

Many thanks Ti-Igra!

Euphoria said...

Thank you so much for sharing these paintings with us, they are so inspiring!!!
I wish I could visit that museum one day.

Sharon said...

I had no idea Irvine had such a place - wish I had a reason to be in Irvine. Thanks - those are wonderful.

Ida M. Glazier said...

Love this post! Wish I could see that museuem!! I love Payne's work, and to see one in person, well, wow. Must of been wonderful! I have his book, did you by any chance get to Derue's Fine Arts? They have Payne's work also, and sell his book. I haven't been there, either! Big surprize. I saw a painting by Payne on, get this, Antiques Road Show once! Couldn't believe it. Love the California Impressionists, as well. Thanks!

SKIZO said...

Beautiful
work
good creations