According to Nancy Moore, Wendt was
carving out the underlying structure of the mountains, delighting in the folds of the earth. . . . His colors also moved away from the organic to stronger and purer tones; for a period he seems fascinated with a brilliant green. . . .These changes can be interpreted as personal growth or an attempt to update his style.
Here, away from the conflicting creeds and sects, away from the soul-destroying hurly-burly of life, it feels that the world is beautiful; that man is his brother, that God is good.Yes, Los Angeles was once "away from the hurly-burly." Perhaps that is what people who collect Wendt's paintings are really trying to recapture. (Quiet Brook, 1923)
Related: Guy Rose and California Impressionism.