Granville Redmond, Sand Dunes, n.d., oil on canvas, Private collection


What's it all about?

Granville Redmond (1871–1935) produced a body of work that captures California’s diverse topography, vegetation, and color. Representing both northern and southern parts of the state, his paintings range in style from contemplative, “Tonalist” works that evoke a quiet calm, to dramatic and colorful Impressionist scenes. Today Redmond is widely considered one of the leading California artists of his era.

Born in Philadelphia, Redmond contracted scarlet fever as a toddler, which left him permanently deaf. Soon afterwards, his family moved to California. Redmond is today best known for his images of the California landscape ablaze with poppies and other native flora. Silent film star Charlie Chaplin, his friend and supporter, said of these paintings, “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.” This exhibition, the largest ever assembled and the first in more than thirty years, includes approximately eighty-five signature paintings.

Organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette is accompanied by a substantial, fully illustrated catalogue.

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