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S. Gifford floral oil painting
Purchased a orange floral oil painting at a Goodwill and would like to know something about the painting & artist.
Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880)
Kevin Avery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art along with Franklin Kelly of the National Gallery are working together to produce the definitive show on this great American artist. I do have one example by him. This particular painting was included in the memorial exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1881. While Gifford was a great traveler, it was only in the last few years of his life that painted the shores of nearby Long Island. An earlier phase of his career had been devoted to the New Jersey shoreline, where he enjoyed the “bare, solitary, vast elemental nature” of the shoreline. Evidently he found something similar on Long Island, as he sought out only the most secluded of spots, places at dawn or dusk when only a few fishermen might have been around. A critic of his day, Henry Tuckerman once wrote about Gifford’s work saying, “they appeal to our calm and thoughtful appreciation; they minister to our gentle and gracious sympathies.” While others who wrote about Long Island preferred go on and on about the endless procession of inbound waves, Gifford opted for a different mode, instead he shows the subdued side of nature in which the viewer can take serene pleasure in a quiet moment all the while conveying the vastness around us.