Available works by: Robert Swain Gifford  American (1840 - 1905)  

Largely self-taught, Robert Swain Gifford was inspired by places close to the sea, especially his home of Buzzards Bay and the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. The artist’s expressive and moody landscapes were haunted by nostalgia and memories of the defunct whaling and salt-gathering industries. By the 1880s, Gifford had moved away from his tight, descriptive early style to painting landscapes full of expressive facture and stark imagery, especially bent and gnarled trees along the coast. His subdued colors and emphasis on atmosphere and stark symbolic tree forms spoke to a subjective vision of nature: at once elegiac, spiritual, and metamorphic. Gifford was one of the great etchers of his generation and his windswept imagery of coastlines and beaches touched a strong chord in his day—evocative of a seafaring culture surviving against the odds.

Robert Swain Gifford : Multnomah Falls at Davidson Galleries

Robert Swain Gifford American (1840 - 1905)

Multnomah Falls

Series: Picturesque America
After: Gifford and Henry Linton
Medium: Wood engraving
Year: 1872-74
Size: 9-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 30549c
Price: $75.00

Robert Swain Gifford : Castle Rock (Oregon) at Davidson Galleries

Robert Swain Gifford American (1840 - 1905)

Castle Rock (Oregon)

Series: Picturesque America
After: By Gifford and John Filmer
Medium: Wood engraving
Year: 1872-74
Size: 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches
Stock Number: 30548c
Price: $75.00
Engraved by John Filmer

Robert Swain Gifford : Pilot Knob at Davidson Galleries

Robert Swain Gifford American (1840 - 1905)

Pilot Knob

Series: Picturesque America
After: By Gifford and Henry Linton
Medium: Wood engraving
Year: 1872-74
Signature: Signed and monogramed in the block
Size: 9 x 6 1/4 inches
Stock Number: 30547c
Price: $50.00

Robert Swain Gifford : Indians on the Columbia at Davidson Galleries

Robert Swain Gifford American (1840 - 1905)

Indians on the Columbia

Series: Picturesque America
Medium: Wood engraving
Year: 1872-74
Size: 4 x 5 inches
Stock Number: 30546c
Price: $50.00