Torrey Grist Mill
Torrey Grist Mill by Charles Muench
8x10 Inches Oil on Linen
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About Charles Muench
Charles Muench is an artist living in between the Sierra Mountains and the high plains desert of Nevada. He studied primarily under Maynard D. Stewart, a student of Frank Vincent DuMonds and the son of renowned Utah landscape painter, LeConte Stewart. After studying at the Art Students League of New York, Charles moved to Madrid, Spain, where he painted the city and countryside, studied Velasquez, copied master works in the Prado, and attended classes at the Circulo Bellas Artes. Charles’ artwork will be included in the prestigious 2014 Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, the largest auction of western art in the nation. Charles was featured in the April 2013 issue of Southwest Art magazine as well as the June 2007 and June 2003 issues. His work is featured in the July/August 2012 issue of Art of the West magazine as well as the May 2005 issue of Plein Air magazine. Charles received the Patron’s Choice Award at Maynard Dixon Country Invitational in 2013, 2008, and 2005. In 2012, Charles was honored with Irvine Museum Gold Medal from the California Art Club's 101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. He also received the Southwest Art Award of Excellence in 2011 and in 2010, the Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape. “The philosophy of The Irvine Museum is that the great works created by artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are antecedent to the great works created by contemporary landscape painters and Charles is one of the best examples of that philosophy. I have long admired his work. I have always believed that landscape painting is the most noble of pictorial arts. Certainly, the most difficult goal of landscape painting is to paint the light, but few artists are capable of doing it perfectly, and Charles is in that elite group.” -Jean Stern, Executive Director, Irvine Museum, CA.