Orange County Museum of Art

Newport Beach, CA



California Style: 1930s and 40s


Charles Payzant

On Leave, 1942

watercolor on paper, 14 x 22 inches, The E. Gene Crain Collection


In reaction to the demand for this new American perspective, the California School painters began to record the local character, people, and atmosphere familiar to them. They worked to depict the regional landscape, ranging from farms to beaches, and the activities of California towns and cities in a lively narrative form. Their search for an authentic indigenous style to capture the character of this area resulted in bold and powerful images, as well as a special way of painting light and form.

Millard Sheets

Sunset Tenements, 1935

watercolor on paper, 15 x 22 inches, Ralph and Lois Stone Collection

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