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Lockwood de Forest

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Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) painted this atmospheric landscape of Rincon Point as viewed through sycamore trees in the late fall or winter of 1912, depicting light gray rocks and trees, gold and green grasses, light king’s blue water, and the purple distant coast, at Rincon Point located 15 miles south of Santa Barbara, California.

Rincon Point is a major work by the artist, as large and highly detailed paintings are far less frequent than his smaller works, which in themselves are highly collected. A View of Rincon Point, is an exceptional document of an unspoiled historic landscape. Rincon is now a world famous surfing spot located between Santa Barbara and Ventura, by the busy US 101 Freeway.

Excerpted from the Lockwood de Forest biography on the Sullivan Goss Gallery (Santa Barbara, CA) website: Captivated by the light and landscape of the South Coast, Lockwood de Forest began wintering in Santa Barbara around the turn of the century, and moved to Santa Barbara permanently in 1919, where he lived until his death in 1932.

Frank Goss of the Sullivan-Goss Gallery has personally been pivotal in the rediscovery and marketing of the paintings of the Lockwood de Forest. As a major work by the artist, and with Sullivan Goss provenance Rincon Point was appraised for a private client in separate reports for both fair market value for the purpose of estate planning, and insurance replacement value.

De Forest was also important as a furniture and interior designer, and for his associations with such figures of Frederic Church, generally considered the pre-eminent American landscape artist of the nineteenth century, who was de Forest’s great-uncle and artistic mentor. He also worked in collaboration with Louis Comfort Tiffany, as a member of the Associated Artists, along with the textile designer Candace Wheeler, and the painter and interior designer Samuel Colman.

Later de Forest was to write, “This close association with Mr. Church, I think now the most important factor in my own development. He was a wonderful man and his senses were more acute than anyone I have ever known.”