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Blue Barn Westfield River, Oil on Canvas over Artist Board, 9 x 12, Signed
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Another Westfield  View Sold for $130,000
Curator's Comments: George Gardner Symons (1861-1930) is one of America's most
noted plein-aire painters whose works blended realism with a broad, vigorous,
impressionistic strokes. Born  in Chicago, Illinois, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago
where he met his life-long friend, the painter William Wendt. Then Symons traveled
overseas to study in London, Paris, and Munich. He joined a colony of artists at St. Ives,
Cornwall, learning new plein-air techniques. After returning, he soon settled in Brooklyn,
New York in 1909. At that time, due to his concerns about anti-Semitism, he changed his
name from Simon to Symons.  Earlier, in 1884, he had made his first trip to Southern
California, and in 1896, accompanied by Wendt, he returned and built a studio south of
Laguna Beach, where they were able to paint en plein air year-round.  He split his time
between the coasts, and in the east also maintained a studio at his country home in Colrain,
Massachusetts, to the west of the Pioneer Valley, where the Westfield River flows into the
Connecticut. Symons has two works in the Smithsonian, and hangs in the Chicago Art
Institute, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the
National Academy of Design. His awards range from Salmagundi to the Phillips Collection
to the National Arts Club.
Symons works are noted for their energy and simplicity. Although his desert and Grand
Canyon paintings are highly acclaimed, he is best remembered for his snowy winter
landscapes of New England, especially of the Berkshires and Tobacco Valley. Best valued
of all are his small sketches on board, often 6 x 8 inches in size. These
pochades capture his
vigor and his truly unique vision. Symons' style is solidly Impressionist accentuated by
realistic effect of shimmering light. His snowscenes are covered with areas of brilliant white
flanked by deep and lively permutations in single contrasting shades. We offer two
pochades  The Blue Barn Westfield
and The Woodpile in Winter, two scintillating winter
scenes and again fascinating for their mastery. There is much joy in these gems, echoing in
Symons' colorful  palette.
Woodpile In Winter, Oil on Board, 8 x 10, Signed
Symons was  fascinated by the tiny mill
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