"Desert in Bloom" is a rich and colorful oil painting of the southwestern desert by American artist Arthur J. Hammond (1875-1947). The deep blues and greens of the cacti and the foothills contrast with the warmth of the desert flowers in bloom in the foreground. The painting is an oil on board, signed lower right, and measures 9" x 12". Hammond signed the verso of the board in the upper left with "New Mexico" in the upper right. The painting is framed in a hand-carved, 22 karat gold leaf frame. Framed size measures 16" x 19". Both painting and frame are in very good condition.
Born and raised in Vernon, Connecticut, Hammond began building boats at a young age which jump started his artistic career as a painter. As an established painter, Hammond often traveled out west to Monterey, California, with stops in New Mexico and Arizona where he prolifically captured marine, farm, and desert scenes. In addition to these travels, Hammond crossed seas to Europe where he painted along the Cornish Coast and studied at the Academy Julian in Paris.
Back on the east coast, Hammond studied with the highly regarded Charles Woodbury of the Ogunquit Artists Colony. While painting in the east, Hammond focused mostly on winter scenes of the New Hampshire area. Today, Hammond is frequently exhibited alongside Woodbury's other talented students as well as Woodbury himself.
Item ID: RL-WBG-159
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