Granville Redmond (American, 1871-1935) Hillside in spring 20 1/4 x 25 1/4in overall: 26 1/2 x 31 1/2in

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Lot 45
Granville Redmond
(American, 1871-1935)
Hillside in spring 20 1/4 x 25 1/4in overall: 26 1/2 x 31 1/2in

Sold for US$ 125,000 inc. premium
Granville Redmond (American, 1871-1935)
Hillside in spring
signed 'Granville Redmond' (lower right)
oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 25 1/4in
overall: 26 1/2 x 31 1/2in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Collection of the artist's granddaughter, Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Granville Redmond was stricken with scarlet fever when he was two years old. He lost his hearing, but was fortunate to maintain his eyesight. It has often been suggested that Redmond's hearing loss gave his paintings a particularly quiet and peaceful effect.

    From 1910 to 1917, Granville Redmond lived and painted in a variety of Northern California locations. It was some time during this period that Redmond turned to painting his renowned, highly colorful wildflower compositions. There were undoubtedly wildflowers galore in the spring months throughout the California countryside and Redmond must have found it difficult not to incorporate these bright colors into his landscapes. As with many of the painters of the day, Redmond's style was influenced by the French and East Coast Impressionists. West Coast critics noted his use of Pointillism and likened his art to that of Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro.

    By the 1920s the promotion of California as a tourist destination was in full swing. Advertisers used images of bountiful orange groves and fields of wildflowers to show off the beauty of the sunshine state and encourage visitors. Redmond's paintings were used as part of this promotion and soon his works were recognized across the country. Interest by dealers in his wildflower paintings rose quickly and the artist found it difficult to keep up with the demand.

    In 1917 Redmond moved back to Southern California, in part to try out his pantomime skills in Hollywood. He became friends with Charlie Chaplin and even assisted him in training for The Little Tramp. Redmond had a studio on Chaplin's lot and appeared in some of his films, most notably as the white-haired sculptor in City Lights.

    Redmond also maintained a studio in rustic Topanga Canyon around this time, and in the last decades of his life, his sunny scenes of Southern California remained popular with collectors as Impressionism remained in vogue in California long after it had been displaced by other styles elsewhere.

    Hillside in Spring is a dramatic example of Redmond's iconic style and bold use of color. Drawing on the contours of the California hills, Redmond fills the canvas with pointillist dabs of bright oranges and washes of greens and blues. The result is an enviously delicious scene, incorporating all of the elements of what life in California represented and what future travelers to the state hoped to find. Redmond's scenes of poppies and lupine along hillsides and vistas are synonymous with the plein air movement and what these extraordinary artists were capable of a hundred years ago.
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