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Sanford Robinson Gifford

American, 1823–1880

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Sanford Robinson Gifford

American, 1823–1880

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A second-generation Hudson River School painter, Sanford Robinson Gifford was an ardent painter of nature and landscapes, finding many influences but avoiding affiliation with artist groups or schools lest it “ursurp the place of nature” in importance. He began his training in New York City as a portrait painter, but quickly realized his passion for landscapes through his admiration for painter Thomas Cole. Gifford spent much of his subsequent time touring widely and developing his mature style. He was deeply impressed by the painters of the French Barbizon School, as well as J.M.W. Turner. Gifford’s fame mounted during the Civil War, as he painted during his service as a national guardsman. A founding member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gifford was honored with the museum’s first single-artist retrospective after his death.

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Biography

A second-generation Hudson River School painter, Sanford Robinson Gifford was an ardent painter of nature and landscapes, finding many influences but avoiding affiliation with artist groups or schools lest it “ursurp the place of nature” in importance. He began his training in New York City as a portrait painter, but quickly realized his passion for landscapes through his admiration for painter Thomas Cole. Gifford spent much of his subsequent time touring widely and developing his mature style. He was deeply impressed by the painters of the French Barbizon School, as well as J.M.W. Turner. Gifford’s fame mounted during the Civil War, as he painted during his service as a national guardsman. A founding member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gifford was honored with the museum’s first single-artist retrospective after his death.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.