Edgar Payne

Boats in the Harbor

oil on canvas
20.25 x 24 inches
29.5 x 33.5 inches framed
signed lower right

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This work by Edgar Payne captures a subject that was a personal favorite of the artist; the colorful fishing boats of the Brittany Coast. During his many travels throughout Europe; Payne painted extensively along the entire coast of Normandy and Brittany from the Loire to Mont st. Michel. Much of his time during his European sojourns was spent in the picturesque fishing ports. This view shows a group of these hard working vessels; grouped together in the shelter of the harbor at Concarneau. The working sail boats with their distinctive rust colored sails recalled to Payne the early days of romance along the European coast. Payne's technique utilized broad brushstrokes; always painted with bristle rather than sable brushes and the occasional palette knife. His brilliant coloration came from adding dark color to his mixed colors, rarely using paint directly from the tube.