Thorn Fragment, 1957
Mixed media collage, oil, graphite & ink
17 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. work
26 3/4 x 39 in. framed
Exhibited Pasadena Museum of Art, 1957 (label on verso)
Exhibited Esther Robles Gallery
(label on verso)
Oil on canvas
36 X 25 in.
Bentley Schaad was an important California modernist and art educator. Bentley Schaad was born in Los Angeles, CA. As an art student, Schaad attended Jepson Art Institute, the Art Center in Pasadena and the Claremont Colleges. A pupil, and later a colleague, of Henry Lee McFee, Schaad learned the principles of line, color and form. His proficiency as an artist and his technical aesthetic innovations enabled him to begin teaching art at Otis Art Institute. Schaad spent the majority of his career as an instructor.
Schaad was a prolific artist in the West Coast modernist movement along with Henry Lee McFee, Rico Lebrun and Richard Haines. Schaad utilized many concepts of the modernist aesthetic in his work. His paintings were often composed of many broken planes of color, with a concentration on shape, form and structure of an object. Schaad’s works have been exhibited at the Pasadena Art Museum and are also a part of an array of important public and private collections.