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Granville Redmond

Granville Redmond

A painter of the great American landscape, Redmond (1871–1935) practiced Tonalism and California Impressionism, art movements in which artists painted landscape forms with an overall tone of colored atmosphere. At a young age he contracted scarlet fever, which led him to become deaf. Granville attended the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley where his artistic talents were recognized and encouraged in painting, drawing and pantomime.

While living in Los Angeles, he became friends with Charles Chaplin, who admired the natural expressiveness of a deaf person using sign language. Chaplin asked Redmond to help him develop the techniques Chaplin later used in his silent films. Chaplin, impressed with Redmond's skill, gave Redmond a studio on the movie lot, collected his paintings, and sponsored him in acting roles, including the sculptor in the film City Lights.