Francis Augustus Silva

Francis Augustus Silva


Nationality: American

A preeminent member of the Luminist Movement, New Yorker Francis A. Silva began his professional art career at the age of 35 after serving as a captain in the Civil War. His earliest known painting, Cape Ann from 1870, solidified his reputation as a painter of Northeastern seascapes with exaggerated, poetic light and atmosphere. His later works are marked by crisp delineation of forms, roiling clouds and waves, and brilliant light. An Art Journal critic remarked in 1880, "We have so few artists who are so accurate in drawing or so conscientious in the rendering of detail."

Silva's Luminist landscapes are in the collections of the Broad Street Realty Trust, Boston; Brooklyn Museum; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.


Francis Augustus Silva Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Francis Augustus Silva (American, 1835-1886) Beers Cottage - Far Rockaway, circa 1883 Oil on canvas 24 x 44 inches (6
Francis Augustus Silva (American, 1835-1886)Beers Cottage - Far Rockaway, circa 1883Oil on canvas24 x 44 inches (6...
Lot 65020
Auction 5260
Monday, June 27, 2016
FRANCIS AUGUSTUS SILVA (American, 1835-1886) Summer Winds, Long Branch Beach, New Jersey, 1883 Oil on canvas 20 x 36
FRANCIS AUGUSTUS SILVA (American, 1835-1886)Summer Winds, Long Branch Beach, New Jersey, 1883Oil on canvas20 x 36 ...
Lot 70201
Auction 5174
Saturday, May 10, 2014

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