Granville Redmond
(1871-1935 Los Angeles, CA)
California landscape with poppies and lupine
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left: Granville Redmond
20.25" H x 25.25" W

Notes: The wildflowers of California have captivated visitors to the state for well over a century. Early travelers wrote letters home attempting to describe the overwhelming natural fireworks display, while artists set up easels realizing they could sell paintings to awestruck clients, and gallerists in New York, Chicago, and in the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene encouraged them, knowing sales would quickly follow. Indeed, even sailor lore from 19th Century California is punctuated with stories of navigators knowing their location off the coast of Los Angeles by reckoning the vivid springtime bounty in the Altadena hills 40 miles away.

Like so many others, Granville Redmond was drawn to the Southern California landscape, light and climate, and in 1898, settled in Los Angeles after extensive study at the California School of Design, and various art schools in Paris. Deafened by scarlet fever in early childhood, Redmond's ability to channel, absorb and convey nature's song in his canvases is what set him apart from other artists. Today, Redmond is widely accepted as California's top early Impressionist, and is considered a master at capturing the native natural landscape phenomena. Even in his lifetime, despite frustration at being characterized as only a poppy painter, Redmond was celebrated for his faithful and resplendent depictions of the local flora. The present hillside view of blooming poppies and lupine is a masterwork by the artist, and showcases his ability to articulate each blossom in precise and painterly brushwork. The oak trees and distant valley view enrich the composition. Redmond's heightened sense of color and brushwork in his wildflower paintings was best summarized by the artist's friend, collaborator and patron, Charlie Chaplin: 'There's such a wonderful joyousness about them all. Look at the gladness in that sky, the riot of color in those flowers. Sometimes I think that the silence in which he lives has developed in him some sense, some great capacity for happiness in which we others are lacking'.

  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Fine craquelure scattered throughout.
    Blacklight: No evidence of restoration under blacklight.
    Frame: 27.75" H x 31.75" W x 2" D

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