S.C. Yuan (1911-1974), “Carmel Cypress”

No date (1960’s). Oil on canvas, 26-1/2″ x 26-1/2″. Framed in 3-1/2″ carved stained walnut scoop with flat raised outer element.

Yuan was one of the most admired artists of the Monterey Peninsula in the late twentieth century. The carved walnut frame is stained to match the tree, which also informs its sweeping shape, and has a pale gold liner. The texture of the carved frame suggest the tree bark, and also echoes the texture of the paint on the canvas. Yuan was known for his explosive energy as a painter (and personality), and the dramatic sweeping gesture of the tree’s form certainly called out for recognition from the frame. At the same time the painting is simple, arguing for a simple frame.