Granville Redmond (1871-1935 Los Angeles, CA)

oil on canvas
25'' H x 20.25'' W

  • Provenance: Maureen Murphy Fine Arts, Montecito, CA; The Estate of Ernest Bryant III, Santa Barbara, CA, acquired from the above, October 2008
  • Notes: Originally named the Flintridge Hotel, the resort in the present painting opened in 1927 and was designed by noted Southern California architect Myron Hunt. The hotel was built and managed by Senator Frank P. Flint for a short time before it was sold to the Biltmore Hotel chain. The hotel struggled to attract guests to the secluded hilltop location and closed shortly after the onset of the Great Depression. In 1931 the entire resort, comprising nine original buildings, hotel furnishings and surrounding land, was sold at auction for $150,000 to the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose for use as a school. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy opened in September 1931 with 200 students enrolled in grades one through 12 and today is a girls' college preparatory high school. Redmond captures the remoteness of the hotel's location in a composition similar to that of another of his works, sold in the October 2013 sale of The Estate of Ernest A. Bryant III, lot 72. The artist paints from an extremely low vantage point looking up toward the hotel and painstakingly depicts the scattered oak trees and low mountain brush in a naturalistic palette of greens and browns. A shaft of dramatic sunlight breaks through a sky filled with dark, brooding clouds to highlight the building and upper mountain ridge. This poetic work reveals the artist's deep love of the Southern California landscape
  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Two artist's pinholes in the upper left corner, one artist's pinhole in the lower right corner. Blacklight: A 1.75'' spot of touch-up upper left. A pea-sized spot of touch-up in the center.

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