Poppies and lupine by a lake with mountains in the distance signed 'Granville Redmond' (lower left) oil on canvas 28 3/4 x 35in
PROVENANCE: Property of a private collector
Granville Redmond was robbed of his hearing by scarlet fever at the age of two. Luckily his sight remained intact. Redmond numbered among his teachers significant artists in California such as Amedee Joullen and Arthur Matthews at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco and later Benjamin Constant and Jean Paul Laurens at the Julian Academy in Paris. Redmond amalgamated the styles of these teachers and the influences of other artists into his own unique vision. Poppies and lupine by a lake is a powerful example of his quintessential style. Drawing on the contours and colors of California landscapes Redmond illuminates ideal places with pointillist dabs of flowers and washes of shadows.
Structurally Poppies and lupine by a lake is unified from the bottom to the top by shades of blue. The entire foreground is defined by and constructed of luscious wild flowers. The brilliant yellow serves as a foil to the brown and green of the trees on the rise and the contrast further serves to push the hills and mountains on the other side of the water even further into the distance. Redmonds use of blue starts with the flowers in the foreground and progresses into the water and shadows on the foothills in the midground. His exploration of blue continues to the distant mountains in the background and on up to the small areas of blue sky peeking through at the top of the painting. Redmond uses a sky almost entirely of clouds with small carvings of blue. In this we see the Barbizon love of cloudy skies at work on Redmond. Of course, the high horizon, bright color and dashed brushstrokes of the impressionists are critical to Poppies and lupine by a lake. The synergy of California, Redmonds teachers and his vision bring about the creation of Poppies and lupine by a lake.