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Robert Salmon    (American/Scottish, 1775-1844)

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Robert Salmon is a very important painter of Marine Art History. He played a crucial role in the development of Maritime Art in America. He is widely considered the father of American Luminism with a style of painting that was to influence the likes of Fitz H. Lane, William Bradford and many other young New England artists of the nineteenth century.
Born in England in 1775, he painted mainly in Greencock, Liverpool and other ports. He left a successful career in England to emigrate to the United States where he settled in Boston in 1828. It was in this New England seaport that he created his most sought after work from his waterfront studio
The artist developed a very distinctive style based upon the classical techniques of the Dutch Marine Masters and he became widely known for his ability to paint exact representations of his subject vessels. With their subtle illumination and early nineteenth century sensibility, Salmon’’s paintings today rightfully command the greatest passion among connoisseurs of American Marine Art.

1998 Vision of the Sea, Godel & Co. New York, NY
Boston Public Library Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Mariner's Museum VA
Virginia Museum Richmond, VA
U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, MD
Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, DC
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