E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit
- Euphemia Charlton Fortune
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
236 pages with more than 150 images of E. Charlton Fortune’s paintings, drawings, and ecclesiastical art and furnishings; 19 photographs
Includes Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Index
Written by Scott A. Shields
Essay by Julianne Burton-Carvaial
Published with the Pasadena Museum of California Art
Size: 10.5 x 12 in.
California artist E. Charlton Fortune came of age in the early 20th century during the advent of the New Woman—a time when women pushed the boundaries of what was expected of them and challenged the status quo. Fortune, unmarried and of independent spirit, often rode her bicycle carrying her painting supplies to paint en plein air. The resulting landscapes were not delicate, soft, or feminine but bold and vigorous and were often thought to have been painted by a man.
Known as an Impressionist and even Post-Impressionist, Fortune frequently painted the Monterey Peninsula and the people who lived there. She also spent a good deal of time abroad, both as a child at her family’s home in Scotland and as an artist traveling in Europe. In 1931, Fortune gave up landscape painting to devote herself entirely to ecclesiastical design. As the founder of the Monterey Guild, she directed the creation of art and furnishings for more than 70 churches.
Written by Scott A. Shields and published in conjunction with the exhibition organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum, E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit includes more than one hundred fifty reproductions and photographs of Fortune’s paintings and church furnishings, as well as photographs and a detailed chronology outlining her unconventional life. An essay by Julianne Burton-Carvajal examines Fortune’s work as a liturgical designer.