The Crocker Art Museum Opens “Edgar Payne ~ The Scenic Journey”

artwork: Edgar Payne - "Breton Tuna Boats, Concarneau, France", circa 1924 - Oil on canvas - 40" x 50" - Private collection. On view at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento in “Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey” from February 11th until May 6th.


Sacramento, California.- The Crocker Art Museum is proud to present a career-spanning retrospective of the work of Edgar Payne (1883–1947), one of the most gifted of California’s early plein-air artists, in the exhibition “Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey.” This exhibition features nearly 100 paintings and drawings, as well as photographs and objects from the artist’s studio. The exhibition will be on view at the Crocker from February 11th through May 6th before traveling to additional venues in Pasadena, California and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Payne utilized the animated brushwork, vibrant palette, and shimmering light of Impressionism, but his powerful imagery was unique among artists of his generation. While his contemporaries favored a quieter, more idyllic representation of the natural landscape, Payne was devoted to subjects of rugged beauty. His majestic, vital landscapes are informed by his reverence for the natural world.