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"Laguna Sunset" is an original oil on board painting by Albert Lorey Groll, American, 1866 - 1952, in pristine condition. This work is 8" x 10", appropriately framed and signed lower left: "Groll" The overall dimensions of the framed painting are approx. 13" x 16". Albert Lorey Groll was a prominent American painter who was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1910..
"Laguna Sunset" is a fine example of Groll's paintings of a sublime, serene twilight in the American Southwest. This work is illustrative and typical of Groll's most desired views and clearly demonstrates his ability to capture the colorful scenery of the desert at nightfall.
Below is Albert Lorey Groll's biography from the Archives of Askart:
"Referred to as "America's sky painter," Albert Lorey Groll was said to have been one of the first artists to capture the grandeur of the western plains. Groll was born in New York City, but most of his student years were spent in London, England, and Munich, Germany. He studied under Nickolaus Gysis and Ludwig Von Loefftz.
Figure painting was his preference; but as he could not afford models for anatomy studies, he found his models in the trees, rivers, hills and fields. Before going west, he painted the atmospheric effects along the Atlantic Coast—Cape Cod, Sandy Hook and New York City.
Groll accompanied Professor Stuart Culin of the Brooklyn Museum of Arts and Sciences on an exploration trip to the Southwest. The sketches he made of the desert furnished material for two of his characteristic landscapes that were shown at an exhibition of the Society of American Artists. He won a gold medal at the Pennsylvania Academy with his canvas "Arizona." He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1910.
Despite his success in the East, he returned to the desert again and again. His cloud renderings of the desert are his most popular paintings. Not until Groll began to picture Arizona under the varying conditions of wind and weather, did Americans realize the artistic possibilities that existed in the desert land of the area. The sagebrush and cactus country of the Southwest that lays broad and low with arid yellow soil, stretching away to a sky full of clouds, makes an unforgettable picture. Much of Groll's work in New Mexico was done around Laguna pueblo, Taos and Santa Fe. His Indian friends from the pueblo admired his ability to depict their land with beauty and truth and named him "Chief Bald Head-Eagle Eye."
Although his paintings reveal the rugged character of the Southwest, they still maintain a delicate symphonic charm, the appeal of which has been recognized by many leading musicians. A Groll painting, which was inspired by a moonlight symphony by Edward McDowell, hung on the wall above the great composer's bed. Groll's friends were men who were among the highest standing in the world of music. Groll died in New York City, where he had always maintained a home."
Albert Lorey Groll is listed Benezit, Fieldings, Who Was Who in American Art, and Mallet's Index of Artists.
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Albert Lorey Groll 1866-1952 "Laguna Sunset" Oil Painting