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Beaches: Watercolors and Sketches by Eva Fenyes

Sep 23, 2013

PMH_ESF_005_1185Over the past three months, Michelle Turner, Collections Manager at Pasadena Museum of History, presented a progressive exhibit of beach art, which she posted on the museum’s Facebook Page.  Each Wednesday between Memorial Day and Labor Day she selected and introduced one of Eva Fenyes’ sketches by way of social media.  This did reach a large audience to be sure, but not everyone uses Facebook. So here, for all to enjoy, are the Fenyes watercolors and sketches that Michelle showcased during the summer of 2013.

But first, to give some context to the chronology of these sketches, the following biographical facts may be helpful.  Eva Scott Fenyes was born in 1849 in New York City.  During her early years she traveled extensively with her parents in the eastern United States, Europe and North Africa.  In 1878 she married Marine Lieutenant William Muse with whom she had her daughter Leonora in 1879.  When Leonora was about ten years old, Eva divorced her husband; and, while Leonora was at school in Switzerland, Eva resumed her travels in North Africa and Europe. In Cairo, Eva met her second husband Adalbert Fenyes. They married in 1896 in Budapest, Hungary, and in 1897 the family settled in Pasadena.  Until her death in Pasadena in 1930, Eva continued to travel locally and abroad; and, she built homes and businesses in Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  All the while, throughout her entire life, Eva seemed never to be without her sketching materials.  Shown here are thirteen of the thousands of sketches that comprise her artistic legacy.

Eva Scott Fenyes’ watercolors and sketches are reproduced courtesy of the Archives, Pasadena Museum of History, Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Papers.

Julie Stires, Project Archivist
Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena CA 91103
PasadenaHistory.org

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Provincetown, Mass. (Massachusetts), 31 July 1882. Pencil and watercolor on paper, 25.6 x 17.7 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1214)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Provincetown, Mass. (Massachusetts), 31 July 1882. Pencil and watercolor on paper, 25.6 x 17.7 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1214)

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Henry & Leonora (Massachusetts), 8 August 1882. Watercolor on paper, 22.5 x 16.5 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1218)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Henry & Leonora (Massachusetts), 8 August 1882. Watercolor on paper, 22.5 x 16.5 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1218)

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Leonora & German Marie, her nurse. (St. Augustine, Florida), 25 January 1883. Watercolor on paper, 17 x 25 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1223)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Leonora & German Marie, her nurse. (St. Augustine, Florida), 25 January 1883. Watercolor on paper, 17 x 25 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1223)

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). [Leonora & Nannie Kidder], (Jamestown Island, Rhode Island), 12 August 1886. Watercolor on paper, 25.4 x 35. 6 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1385

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). [Leonora & Nannie Kidder], (Jamestown Island, Rhode Island), 12 August 1886. Watercolor on paper, 25.4 x 35. 6 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1385

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Near Fort Norfolk, Va., 23 March 1887. Watercolor on paper, 16.8 x 25.4 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1416)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Near Fort Norfolk, Va., 23 March 1887. Watercolor on paper, 16.8 x 25.4 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.009.1416)

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Ville Franche (France), March 1893. Watercolor on paper, 21.9 x 32.4 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.007.1616

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Ville Franche (France), March 1893. Watercolor on paper, 21.9 x 32.4 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.007.1616

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Camp Banning (Santa Catalina Island, California), 21 May 1897. Watercolor on paper, 10.2 x 15.3 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.008.1947)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Camp Banning (Santa Catalina Island, California), 21 May 1897. Watercolor on paper, 10.2 x 15.3 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.008.1947)

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Redondo. Cal. (Redondo Beach, California), 17 July 1897. Watercolor on paper, 15.3 x 10.2 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.008.1955)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Redondo. Cal. (Redondo Beach, California), 17 July 1897. Watercolor on paper, 15.3 x 10.2 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.008.1955)

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Santa Monica Cal 14 Feb 1901 (Santa Monica, California), 14 February 1901. Watercolor on paper, 17.8 x 25.5 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.008.2031

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Santa Monica Cal 14 Feb 1901 (Santa Monica, California), 14 February 1901. Watercolor on paper, 17.8 x 25.5 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.008.2031

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Magnificent (Auto) View from Elsa's Cottage (Elsa Spaulding) (Laguna Beach, California), 28 March 1920. Colored pencil and ink on paper, 19.3 x 25.6 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.013.3349)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Magnificent (Auto) View from Elsa’s Cottage (Elsa Spaulding) (Laguna Beach, California), 28 March 1920. Colored pencil and ink on paper, 19.3 x 25.6 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.013.3349)

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Maude Daggett (Arch Beach, Laguna, California), 6 February 1921. Colored pencil and ink on paper, 11.7 x 19.3 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.013.3437)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Maude Daggett (Arch Beach, Laguna, California), 6 February 1921. Colored pencil and ink on paper, 11.7 x 19.3 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.013.3437)

 

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Fishermans Hut. Laguna Beach Cal, 18 January 1925. Watercolor on paper, 8.9 x 12.8 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.013.3633)

Eva Scott Fenyes (1849-1930). Fishermans Hut. Laguna Beach Cal, 18 January 1925. Watercolor on paper, 8.9 x 12.8 cm (PMH Archives, ESF.013.3633)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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