Edward Marion Langley “Desert Landscape” P796

Edward Marion Langley “Desert Landscape” — A wide expanse of the West, foothills and the towering peaks beyond. In the foreground, the river valley and the hard trees (Cottonwoods?) growing there. Small and delightful, a fine example of what Langley is best remembered for. 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.

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Edward Marion Langley (1870-1949)

Born in London in 1870. When still quite young, Langley was abandoned by his parents in Australia. Making his way to Canada, he had an amazing series of adventures once he traveled south, including a canoe trip alone to the Gulf of Mexico, playing trumpet in the Illinois National Guard, and working with Wm Selig in Chicago in developing the motion picture camera. He became a U.S. citizen in 1904.

Sometime before 1917 he came to Hollywood, CA with Selig, where they produced the pioneer epic, ‘The Spoilers.” Langley then became art director for the Fairbanks Studio on such films as “Thief of Bagdad,” “Three Musketeers,” and “Mark of Zorro.” From the Roaring 20s through the beginning of the Depression, the Langley home in Los Angeles was a gathering place for artists and the film colony. When not working on a film, he was active in the local art scene. He was a favorite speaker at local women’s clubs, and he used his paintings and their special lighting effects to show the moods of the desert. Unfortunately, Langley was painting in Japan when war broke out and was held prisoner there until 1943. Returning to California, he lived in Salinas, Laguna, and La Jolla where he taught painting classes. He died in Los Angeles in 1949. Langley is best known for his southern California desertscapes.