Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 243 (Sale info: $75.00).
"b. Saratoga, N.Y., but in his early years his parents removed to Hudson, N.Y., where the greater part of his life was spent. He studied in New York and painted in the studio of John R. Smith. In 1850 he went abroad and visited many of the continental cities, making numerous sketches and studies. Mr. Gifford was elected a member of the National Academy in 1854. in 1860 he visited Switzerland, Italy, Greece, and Egypt, making many studies, from which he afterward painted some of his most charming pictures. He was 'commended for excellence in landscape painting' at the Centennial Exposition, 1876. Few artists could paint the sunset as could Gifford, and few could so well express the subtle moods of nature as could he. He died in 1880. " There is a peculiar magnetism in Gifford's style of manipulation that attracts the eye, let the scene be ever so commonplace. - Art Journal, July, 1876. " Varied in his powers, and sustained, free and finished in his methods, his pictures always manifest great elevation of thought and feeling. They are the interpretation of the profounder sentiments of nature, rather than of her superficial aspects. - Prof. Weir. Report on art at the Centennial Exposition." [P. 52.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.
Artist professional affiliation: National Academician.