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  • Edgar Alwin Payne
    Mar 01, 1883 - Apr 08, 1947
  • Long Lake (Bishop Creer) - Edgar Alwin Payne was an American painter. He was known as a Western landscape painter and muralist. Recognized as one of California's leading landscape artists, Payne earned the respect of his peers and art critics for his Impressionistic landscapes painted in the plein-air style. Possessing a reverence for nature, he especially loved the mountains.
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Other paintings by Edgar Alwin Payne:

Loche, France
Loche, France
Lone Packer
Lone Packer
Looking down on Mentone, France
Looking down on Mentone, France
Majestic Alpine Scene
Majestic Alpine Scene
Edgar Alwin PayneBorn in rural Missouri, Edgar Alwin Payne grew up in the Ozark Mountains which instilled in him a love for the wilderness that would remain with him for the rest of his life. By the age of fourteen, Payne was completely on his own and made his way painting houses, signs, and stage sets until he reached Chicago and began a brief period of formal training in fine art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

While in Chicago, Payne learned of a nascent art colony located at Laguna Beach, California. In 1911 he made his first visit to the region that would provide him with a lifetime of inspiration and which he was to immortalize on canvas. By 1917 Payne had made Laguna Beach his home. Here he was inspired by subjects that were close at hand: Santa Catalina, Laguna Canyon, and the Laguna shoreline. However, Payne was driven by an incessant wanderlust that lured him away from the southland. Between 1922 and 1924, he traveled Europe and completed a series of impressive maritime and mountain scenes which strongly suggest his more mature work.

Upon his return from Europe, Payne began the body of work for which he is justifiably most famous, his paintings of the California Sierras. Over a period of twenty years, Payne repeatedly found inspiration in the dense forests and ever-imposing peaks of the High Sierras. Occasionally, Payne would make sketching and painting trips to northern Arizona and New Mexico, producing canvases that were totally different in palette from his other themes. Payne's talent enabled him to project the vastness of the Southwest, recording the silence of the weather-shaped monuments and magnifying their immensity by comparing them to humans. His death in 1947 ended a life-long love of the West recorded in unforgettable canvases by this accomplished painter.

Payne's work is held in the collections of the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; the Springville Museum of Art, Utah; the Brigham Young University Fine Arts Collection, Provo; and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.