Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Art Review - "Fiesta Grande, Santa Barbara Mission" by Joe De Yong

Here's a painting that I just love by Joe De Yong at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

De Yong perfectly captures the feel of a night time fiesta celebration. It's reminiscent of a modern day outdoor music festival. We're drawn to the central figure addressing the crowd, while the foreground silhouettes and background shadows add a tremendous amount of movement and energy to the painting.

De Yong was born in 1894 in Webster Groves, which is part of my hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri. His family moved to Oklahoma when he was still a child, where he was introduced to the silent film industry. After losing his hearing due to cerebral meningitis, De Yong wrote to well known western artist Charles M. Russell, and became his one and only protégé.

De Yong later relocated to Santa Barbara, renewing his connections with the film industry. There, he rose to prominence as an illustrator, costume designer and historical advisor on numerous films, including The Plainsman, Union Pacific, Buffalo Bill and Shane. Despite his massive influence on the western genre, very few know the name, Joe De Yong.

"Fiesta Grande, Santa Barbara Mission" • Joe De Yong
• Oil on Canvasboard • Date Unknown

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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