Serenity found within the rolling surf, Jean Mannheim sat above the Irvine Cove of Laguna Beach and painted this oil on canvasboard on the spot. A small sailboat cuts the blue Pacific, and numerous shades of sand and stone inhabit the coastal cliffs with the last vestiges of the summer foliage headed toward autumn, with a slight offshore breeze topping the whitewater. An award-winning artist who painted portraits and still life works as well, the landscape scenes of California are for what Mannheim is best known, and this is one of the most colorful we've ever seen.
Coastal Laguna Beach had only recently been established as a premier artistic residence of California with its emerging colony of names that are today well known. Mannheim's early participation exposed him to styles and techniques more than his strict educational paths had, and he flourished in the sunlight of California. Here he worked the soft blends of inspired color and light into a perfect composition that shows the truth, avoiding distortion of facts exhibited by some Impressionist artists. This is a very colorful beach scene by an artist capable of diverse and unique works of art.
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