Belvedere Waterfront signed 'Maurice / Logan' (lower right) oil on canvas 15 1/4 x 18 1/4in overall: 23 1/2 x 26 1/2in
PROVENANCE: Collection of Robert H. Aichele, Sacramento, California
EXHIBITED: San Francisco, Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, The Society of Six, January 5 February 13, 1999, illustrated. Sacramento, California State University, Society of Six, Northern California Plein-Air Artists of the Early Twentieth Century, Inaugural Exhibition for the new University Library Gallery, April 4 July 27, 2002. Belmont, The Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur,The Society of Six: American Masters of Color, March 11 April 19, 2003.
LITERATURE: Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, The Society of Six, San Francisco, 1999, illustrated. California State University, Sacramento, School of the Arts, Society of Six, Northern California Plein-Air Artists of the Early Twentieth Century, Inaugural Exhibition for the new University Library Gallery, Sacramento, 2002, illustrated. The Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur,The Society of Six: American Masters of Color, Belmont, 2003, illustrated.
Maurice Logan, a Northern California native who trained at several of the prestigious Bay Area art schools of the day, had the most extensive training of all the Six. He apparently knew at an early age that he wanted a career as an artist, and his stepbrothers encouraged his growing artistic talents and supported him during his art school years. Logan eventually concentrated on painting, living in Oakland, very close to Gile. Through this proximity they met and became friends. In 1924 the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art sent Logan to what is now Kenya to make sketches for dioramas intended for the hall of African animals.
In The Society of Six: California Colorists, Nancy Boas quotes a note from Logan's travel journal: "When I was asked to take the trip to make these 'color notes,' I found myself looking forward chiefly to the discovery of new things in color. When a man's hobby, or one of his hobbies, is color, I suppose it's only natural that he'll be looking for that one thing wherever he goes. I found colorplenty of it. . . . [Finally,] after we had passed through the Suez Canal and were actually off the coast of East Africawe came to the beginning of what I was looking for. Color, brilliance, depth, warmthI had never seen anything like it . . . I found more to look at, more to paint, more to absorb on every hand than I could ever begin to put on canvas."
Logan's focus on color lends itself perfectly to the Six and their manifesto. Belvedere Waterfront is all about color, influenced by the Fauvist use of color to create both movement and emotion. Anything but static, the scene virtually jumps off the canvas.