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California Poppy Field by Granville Redmond

California Poppy Field, 1926

Granville Redmond

A carpet of brilliant orange poppies lights up this otherwise muted landscape. Captured during their brief springtime blossoming during several weeks in February and March, poppies were the artist’s signature subject. Here, the bright flowers, contrasted with the more delicate colors of the brush and foliage that have been freshened by the winter rains, are an electrifying presence. Redmond painted this work on an especially rough fabric that adds to the strong sense of overall texture. His brushstrokes — distinct, short dashes of color strongly suggesting intervening atmosphere — contribute to the painting’s textured surface.

Credit
Los Angeles County Museum of Art