George Gardner Symons Biography | Oil Paintings.

6-1862 Chicago, Illinois USA – 1-13-1930 Hillside, New Jersey USA

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Symons, George Gardner

George Gardner Symons was born George Gardner Simon, but he changed his last name to Symons when he returned from study in England because of concern about antisemitism. He first studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he became a close, life-long friend of German-born William Wendt.

They both went to California in 1894 and they both returned again in 1897, spending several months painting at Rancho Topanga Malibu, north of Los Angeles. The following year they traveled to England, spending time at the artists’ colony in St. Ives, Cornwall, Symons would return to Cornwall several times throughout his life.

But, the lure of Southern California was strong, and in 1903, George Gardner Symons purchased land in Laguna Beach and built his studio-home, his friend Wendt also came and built a studio three years later. He would thereafter divide his time between Laguna Beach and his studio in Brooklyn, New York. In 1909, he won the Carnegie Prize at the National Academy of Design. In 1914 he also received a large commission to paint scenes of the Grand Canyon to be used in their advertising of the Santa Fe Railroad.

A classic American Impressionist, George Gardner Symons worked exclusively as a landscape and seascape artist. In California, he mainly painted seascapes of the rocky shorelines and beach coves, but when traveling back to New York, he painted in winter the snow-covered countryside.

Art Movement: Impressionism.
Artists Influencing George Gardner Symons: William Wendt.
He Traveled To England, France, Germany.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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