September 22, 2017
Edgar M. Jenson (1888-1958), Autumn Morning Mountain Timpanogos, c.1935, oil on board, 30 x 36 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1946.
Edgar Milando Jenson was an artist, teacher, and educational administrator. He was the first to receive a master’s degree in education (1919) from Brigham Young University. He worked at a variety of schools in a variety of positions, eventually becoming a member of the BYU Visual Arts Faculty.
Although recognized for his administrative abilities, he was also known for collecting stories and illustrating them. He became a skilled artist and created the Art Circle and Art Gallery at Dixie College. The majority of his career was spent by the Wasatch Mountains. This particular painting, created during his last year as principal of Brigham Young High School, captures one of the largest mountains along the Wasatch Front: Mount Timpanogos. It is a highlight from the MOA’s collection of local landscapes, featured today to celebrate the official first day of Fall.