Sanford Robinson Gifford

1823-1880 America/Luminism

 

Brief Biography-Sanford Robinson Gifford from New York State was a member of the Hudson River School who was noted for landscapes in the style of Luminism. He studied under the artist John Rubens Smith and at the National Academy of Design in New York where he became an academician in 1854. He was influenced by the works of Thomas Cole which stirred him to focus on landscape painting.
On his tour of Europe in 1855 he travelled Italy with Albert Bierstadt. He was struck by the paintings of Thomas Turner in England which inspired his light effects.
He signed up with the Seventh Regiment of the New York State National Guard in 1861. During his service, he undertook several paintings and became involved with the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1870 he travelled the Rocky Mountains in the western United States with Worthington Whittredge and John Frederick Kensett. He died at the relatively early age of fifty-seven from a respiratory condition.

 

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a gorge in the
mountains

a gorge in the mountains by Sanford Robinson Gifford

in the wilderness
twilight

in the wilderness twilight

isola bella in lago
maggiore

isola bella in lago maggiore


kauterskill falls

kauterskill falls


landscape

landscape

morning in the
hudson

morning in the hudson haverstraw bay

mount rainier bay
of tacoma

mount rainier bay of tacoma

mount vesuvius from
marina grande

mount vesuvius from marina grande

october in the
catskills

october in the catskills

ruins of the
parthenon

ruins of the parthenon


siout egypt

siout egypt

stelvio road by
lago di como

stelvio road by lago di como

morning in the camp
of the seventh

morning in the camp of the seventh regiment

sunset over
new york bay

sunset over new york bay

artist sketching at
mount desert maine

the artist sketching at mount desert maine

whiteface mountain
from lake placid

whiteface mountain from lake placid


wilderness

wilderness


windsor castle

windsor castle