A rapid painter who clutched his brush in his fist, Farndon captured spontaneous, fresh impressions on canvas. Layers of thick impasto create a sense of movement and life, an instant of light and color. Indeed, his chromatic brilliance was so dramatic that his nine color palette – emeraude, ultramarine, titanium white, zinc yellow, medium cadmium, deep cadmium, yellow ochre, alizarian crimson, burnt umber and black – became famous.
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Seeking inspiration elsewhere, Farndon began traveling, visiting shores along Eastport, Boothbay Harbor, and Monhegan Island, Maine; Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts; Long Island, New York; and Nova Scotia. Critics quickly recognized and lauded his fresh, spirited impressions, “Walter Farndon has long been a favorite. You stand aghast and say ‘How can impasto exhibit such exact draughtsmanship!’”
Estate of the artist
By descent through the artist’s family to private collection, Boulder, Colorado
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. WF-098, June 1992
To private collection, Boston and later Osterville, Massachusetts, May 1999 to present
1). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. WF-098
2). Estate stamp
Walter Farndon, N.A. (1876-1964), Exhibition II, Vose Galleries, Boston, September 30 – December, 1992, illus. in black and white on page 18