A bout of scarlet fever left the American artist Granville Redmond (1871–1935) deaf and mute at just two years old. Fortunately, his family brought him to San Jose, California, where he excelled at a school for the deaf. The quiet calm in Redmond’s landscape paintings shows deep reflection, and a feel for Californian color and light. The actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, Redmond’s friend and admirer, once said of his paintings, “There’s a wonderful joyousness about them all. Look at the gladness in that sky, the riot of color in those flowers. Sometimes I think that the silence in which he lives has developed in him some sense, some great capacity for happiness in which we others are lacking.” This Redmond retrospective is the first in 30 years, and the largest ever assembled. —E.C.
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