Francis Augustus Silva
(1835 - 1886)
Francis Augustus Silva was active/lived in New York. Francis Silva is known for coastal views, marine and landscape painting.
Biography Francis Augustus Silva
Born in New York, Francis Silva was a second generation Hudson River School* painter, who did much
painting along the Hudson River and along the coastline from Chesapeake Bay to Cape Ann,
Massachusetts. His earliest known painting is titled Cape Ann.
He became one of the leading marine
painters of the luminist* style of the mid to late 19th century,
especially known for his brilliant sunsets with atmospheric*
effects. Of him, it was written: "For Silva, the subtle
manipulation of light and atmosphere was an aesthetic device that
transcended naturalism and became an almost abstract means of
expressing sentiment." (Zellman, 265)
Francis Silva was the son of a barber who had
emigrated from Madeira
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