(American, 1875 - 1954)

Barnegat Beach

Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

Signed and dated at lower left: “1913 [encircled by flower]/Farley”

Exhibited: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, One Hundred Eighth Annual Exhibition (Philadelphia, PA), February 9-March 30, 1913, p. 15, no. 20; The Memorial Art Gallery, Exhibition of Paintings by Jonas Lie, Leopold Seyffert, and Richard Blossom Farley (Rochester, NY), April 12-May 16, 1914, no. 60; Panama Pacific International Exposition (San Francisco, CA), February 20-December 4, 1915, no. 3448; Twenty-Ninth Annual Exhibition of American Oil Paintings and Sculpture (The Art Institute of Chicago, IL), November 2–December 7, 1916, no. 94; 8th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art under the Auspices of the Charcoal Club (Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD), 1917.

Provenance: Private collection, Tunkhannock, PA; by descent to the present owners within the family of the above, 2022

This work has a period Stanford White frame. The Art Insitute of Chicago’s online archive has an installation photograph of their 1916 exhibition that features this work.

Farley exhibited paintings of Barnegat, New Jersey, at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1912, 1913, 1914, 1925, and 1921. Barnegat is an historic and picturesque area located on the northern end of Long Beach Island. It was named after Barnegat Inlet, which was first sighted by Henry Hudson in 1609. The Barnegat City Improvement Company was formed in 1881 for the purpose of developing the area for recreation and tourism. The city seceded from Long Beach Township in 1904 and became independent. The community elected to associate itself more closely with its landmark lighthouse in 1948 by changing its name from Barnegat City to Barnegat Light.

About the Artist

(American, 1875 - 1954)

Richard Blossom Farley was born in Poultney, Vermont, and attended the New Jersey State Model School in Trenton and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he sporadically exhibited from 1902 until 1931. Among his teachers were James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), and Cecilia Beaux (1855–1942). Farley also exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Club in 1912 and 1913, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1914, St. Botolph’s Club in Boston, and at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. He was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Art Alliance in Philadelphia, and the American Federation of Arts and the Salmagundi Club in New York. He began his career as a portraitist, but around 1912 (the year he lived in Trenton) he began to specialize in seascapes.

Farley has a highly distinctive decorative style, with an emphasis on heavily textured surfaces. The artist's signature often includes a blossom emblem: an allusion to his middle name.