His playful rendition of a French summer in The Beach, Menton serves as a perfect example of the brilliance Nagano achieves with his pointillist’s brush. It has the feel of spontaneity, yet the artist’s process is quite methodical in both color placement and compositional structure. The viewer’s eye is first drawn to the bold, rainbow umbrellas, before moving to the shimmering lightness of the sandy beach and figures, and finally to the lapping waves along the shore. Bathed in sunlight, the foreground rocks require less pigment than the rest of the scene but provide a clever framing device for the mid-ground activity.
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Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
To private collection, Needham, Massachusetts, 2017
Pucker Safrai Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts / catalogue no. 25 / Title “The Beach, Menton” / Medium Watercolor / Paul Nagano: Favorite Places / at The Art Complex Museum / at Duxbury / 5 March – 29 April 1982
Paul Nagano: Favorite Places, The Art Complex Museum at Duxbury, Massachusetts, March 5 – April 29, 1982, No. 25 The Beach, Menton, illus. p. 8