Granville Redmond (1871-1935)
Granville Redmond was born in Philadelphia in 1871, and at the age of two and a half was stricken with scarlet fever, which left him completely deaf. Shortly thereafter, Redmond’s family moved to San Jose, California, which afforded him the opportunity to study at the California School of the Deaf in Berkeley, where his artistic talents were recognized by his art teacher, Theophilus D'Estrella, who was also deaf. Redmond was encouraged to study at the San Francisco School of Design, where he distinguished himself, and was awarded funds to continue his studies in Paris at the Academie Julian. In Paris, he excelled again, and in 1895 a large canvas, “Matin D’Hiver” was accepted in to the prestigious Paris Salon.
In 1898 Redmond returned to California, settling in the south and produced a fine body of work depicting Laguna Beach, Catalina Island, and San Pedro. While in Los Angeles, Redmond befriended Charlie Chaplin, who offered the artist small roles in his films, including that of the sculptor in “City Lights.” Redmond’s works pre-1910 were predominantly tonal, and classically decorative, very much in the vein of the San Francisco school as taught by Arthur Mathews.
Redmond moved to Monterey County in 1908, and farther north the San Mateo 2 years later, where he stayed for 7 years. During those years Redmond’s palette brighten considerably, and he produced extremely popular vistas of California’s springtime landscape, lush with classic poppies and lupines. Remembered as one of the preeminent early California Impressionists, Granville Redmond died in Los Angeles in 1935.