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 Arthur Safford  (1900 - 1992)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: portrait, figure, land-and seascape paintings

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BIOGRAPHY for Arthur Safford
1992 (Gloucester, Massachusetts)


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portrait, figure, land-and seascape paintings

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A painter of seascapes, portraits, and figures, Safford's style is best described as romantic realism.  The rendition of a subject in its precise place, light and moment is interpreted through the artist's knowledge and appreciation for its uniqueness  Some of his paintings show a whimsical, fantastic interpretation of a scene but always true to the last detail.

Arthur Safford was born in Boston in 1900, graduated from the Alandale School of Art in Boston and was a student of Ernst L. Major, while attending the Massachusetts School of Art.  He received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Calvin Coolidge College in 1944, and a Masters in Philosophy of Art in 1948.  He was a member of the faculty at Boston College for eight years and taught artists and teachers alike.

For many years he had a studio and gallery in Boston and then in Rocky Neck since 1958, when he moved to Cape Ann.

Mr. Safford was a member and past president of the North Shore Art Association; member of the American Artist Professional League.

He died on September 28, 1992 and rests in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, East Gloucester.

Kasha Gula, "Arthur Safford: An Artist's Artist", Cape Ann Art & Theater, June 30, 1989
Obituary, Gloucester newspaper
Information courtesy of Eileen Fialkow, daughter of Ernest D. Cornish, great niece of  Arthur Safford.

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