Ransom Gillet Holdredge

Artist Biography

Ransom Holdredge was an acclaimed late-nineteenth-century artist known for his atmospheric landscapes and seascapes. Born in New York City, Holdredge established his studio in San Francisco in the 1850’s and created idealized Indian scenes, landscapes, and seascapes of the Pacific Northwest. He left for Paris in 1874 and spent two years absorbing the Barbizon style of landscape painting. His subsequent work grew increasingly moody and painterly and he became known as one of California’s greatest painters in the final decades of the nineteenth century. Holdredge was a co-founder of the San Francisco Art Association, exhibited at the Bohemian Club, and worked as a staff artist for Scribner’s magazine. His paintings are now featured in museums throughout the Northwest, including the Oakland Museum of California, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society.

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