Edouard and Luvena Vysekal arrived in Los Angeles in 1914. Within a few years, they were fixtures in the LA art scene, regularly exhibiting with the California Art Club and the California Progressive Group. In a fairly conservative artistic climate, they (practically) made the case for modernism, and opened the door to a more experimental aesthetic. Though they were by all accounts deeply devoted to each other and deeply involved in each other’s artistic lives, their oeuvres are quite distinct: Edouard’s work tended to the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and even (gasp!) partial abstraction, while Luvena’s work hewed closer to (a nevertheless vivid and animated) Realism. The ever-wonderful PMCA has assembled over sixty paintings, sketches, and photographs in the first museum exhibition to hang the couple’s work together. The curator is giving a tour this Sunday at 3. If you can’t make that, you have until January 8th to check it out, which you probably should.
Love Never Fails: the Art of Edouard and Luvena Vysekal
Exhibition Walkthrough: Sunday, October 30, 3 p.m.
Full Run: September 18 – January 8
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St., Pasadena