Mary Brazil Ranch, 1930 signed and dated 'S C Gile 30' (lower right) oil on board 15 x 18in overall: 24 x 27in
PROVENANCE: Collection of the artist Collection of Elizabeth Hall Collection of Robert H. Aichele, Sacramento, California
EXHIBITED: Belmont, Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur University, The Society of Six: American Masters of Color, March 11 - April 19, 2003.
The Society of SixSelden Connor Gile (1877-1947), Maurice Logan (1886- 1977), Louis Siegriest (1899-1989), August F. Gay (1890-1948), Bernard von Eichman (1899-1970), and William H. Clapp (1879-1954)worked closely together in northern California from about 1915 to 1930. They brought a modernist vision to California and helped establish the lineage of painterliness that characterized northern California art for the rest of the century. In addition, the group's use of bold color and their ability to turn pigment into idea distinguished them from other painters of the time. The Six became one of the few American groups that did more than exhibit together. They painted, critiqued, and caroused together over an extended period of time. They painted for themselves and worked regardless of who noticed them. Today their paintings stand as some of the most vital and lasting produced in the American West in the first half of the twentieth century.
Selden Connor Gile knew how to use color to create light on the canvas. He favored complementary colors, intuitively choosing hues that are located opposite each other on the color wheel. Gile particularly liked the vibrancy of orange-red against blue-green paint strokes. His painting, Mary Brazil Ranch, 1930, functions on one level as an identifiable set of farm buildings and on another level as a semi-abstract composition of highly colored flat and rounded forms. The rural landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area was one of Gile's preferred subjects to paint.