Jean Stern, the Executive Director of the Irvine Museum, is a renowned authority on Californian Impressionism. Stern has single handedly secured a national presence for the Irvine Museum since its inception in 1993 through a series of books, lectures, tours, video documentaries, articles, and exhibitions, as well as securing one of the most impressive collections of California Impressionism. Earlier this year, Jean authored California Light: A Century of Landscapes
in collaboration with the California Art Club
. Many of the popular Plein Air
artists in the Arroyo Seco during the early 20th Century, including William Wendt and William Lees Judson
, appear in this collection. Stern explains the works of these artist and others along with contextual art history on Plein Air painting in the Arroyo Seco for Departures: Highland Park.