Annandale wildflowers signed 'Granville Redmond' (lower left) oil on board 25 x 30in overall: 34 1/4 X 39 1/4in
PROVENANCE: Private collection, Wisconsin
Stricken with scarlet fever, Granville Redmond became deaf at the age of two. He attended the Berkeley School for the Deaf where he was encouraged to pursue his artistic talents. He went on to study under a number of significant teachers including 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. At the California School of Design, he became acquainted with many other artists including Tonalists Gottardo Piazzoni, with whom Redmond made several painting trips around California, and Giuseppe Cadenasso. Between 1910 to 1917 he spent time in Northern California locations. At this time he became well-known for painting sweeping terrains covered with highly colorful wildflowers, especially California's state flower, the golden poppy. He developed a colorist method and brushwork linked to Impressionism. West Coast critics at the time noted his use of Pointillism and likened his art to that of Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro.
Redmond amalgamated the styles of his teachers and the influences of other artists into his own unique vision. Annandale flowers is an 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. The muted tones in the distance where the mountains touch the sky at the horizon blur the boundaries of earth and atmosphere.
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