Main Street, Tiburon, with boats, circa 1928 oil on panel 18 x 22in overall: 25 1/4 x 29 1/4in
PROVENANCE: Collection of Robert H. Aichele, Sacramento, California
EXHIBITED: Walnut Creek, Civic Arts Gallery, A Feast for the Eyes, The Paintings of Selden Connor Gile, June 9 - July 10, 1983, no. 122.
LITERATURE: Nelson-Rees, Walter A. and St. John, Terry N., A Feast for the Eyes, The Paintings of Selden Connor Gile, Walnut Creek, 1983, no. 122.
Robert Aichele reflects: "This painting speaks for itself. When I first saw it I was overwhelmed by the extraordinary beauty and excitement that it generated. Certainly one of Gile's finest."
It is a classic Society of Six composition, capturing Tiburon in all the glorious color and brushwork for which the artist is best known. A Japanese influence appears in Gile's use of a high horizon line and his cropping of the composition. No doubt he borrowed this technique after studying paintings at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
In The Society of Six: California Colorists, Nancy Boas writes: 'After [this exposition], the Six began applying loose, expressive brushstrokes of varying sizes, using the stroke as an element in its own right. . . . Thus, they abandoned the careful finish encouraged in academic work and attempted to reveal their own individuality and spontaneity in the paint surface itself. Combined with heavy impasto in some places and with unpainted areas of the canvas showing through in others, these brushstrokes create a purposeful sketchiness. Now sketchiness became a means of capturing a fleeting moment."