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Strolling Along the Bluff at Long Branch, c. 1870

Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on Canvas
Creation Date Circa 1870
Description 7⅝ x 16 Inches
18¼ x 26⅜ Inches Framed

Signed LR: Silva

People at leisure along the shoreline is a universal subject, and Francis Silva found it to be popular in his day. These works have become fixtures in a diverse range of American art collections, featured for their sheer beauty as well as the significance of the early luminist painter. In this superior example, numerous folks in Victorian finery stroll the shore of Long Branch, New Jersey. Our lead couple walk arm-in-arm, and parasols are apparent everywhere. An American flag tops a coastal station, and distant sails spot the horizon.

Silva’s vision in the diminutive composition emphasizes the long stretch of open beach and Atlantic Ocean. The relaxing beauty makes it easy to see why America’s first film industry established in Long Branch, and seven presidents, from Ulysses S. Grant to the unfortunate James Garfield chose to vacation, or in Garfield’s case, convalesce here, inspiring the city’s famous Seven Presidents Park. Among Long Branch’s most renown citizens, Dorothy Parker and Bruce Springsteen were born and inspired by the seashore community.

The work is a harmony of color and light, with a bygone charm that today seems so simple, but in its day was the premier destination, drawing artist Winslow Homer in 1869 to paint Victorian women strolling its environs. Silva would find his place alongside him with works such as this.
Incollect Reference Number 97884
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