American, 1859-1932

Sunrise in the Grand Canyon

oil on canvas
signed lower right "Elliott Daingerfield", inscribed on stretcher "MILCH"
30 x 36 inches

  • Provenance: Private Collection, New York

    Framed dimensions: 37 x 43 x 2 inches

    Elliot Daingerfield was raised and educated in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 1880, at the age of 21, he moved to New York City to study with Walter Satterlee at the Art Students League. A few years later, in 1884, he met George Inness Sr. who taught him methods of painting the atmosphere, using light to create a sense of mood. Inness became a great promoter of Daingerfield's painting, and he soon joined the prestigious Holbein Studios and began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design.

    In 1911, Daingerfield was one of five artists selected to travel to the Grand Canyon on a trip commissioned by the Santa Fe Railroad. They wanted to increase tourism by having artists paint the canyon. His paintings of this natural wonder are some of his most famous works and he returned to paint the canyon several times.

    His painting, The Genius of the Canyon brought $15,000 in 1920. At the time this was likely the highest price paid to date for a work by a living painter. 1

    Daingerfield was a religious man who felt that there was a very strong link between spirituality and nature. Many of his paintings have a mystical quality about them. Daingerfield said that "spiritual vision is a message imparted to a man of genius who, if he has technical ability, may pass it on to the observer."

    Sunrise in the Grand Canyon is a large, mystical view of the Grand Canyon that is not only a depiction of the canyon itself but creates a mood and sense of wonder.

    Daingerfield died in 1932 in New York. His work is represented in numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and National Academy of Design Museum.

    1 Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art, (New York, New York: Wellfleet Press, 1987).

    Tags: oil painting, Grand Canyon, Western landscape
  • Condition: overall good condition; glue lined canvas; old varnish inconsistencies apparent, can be improved; craquelure visible in the upper left

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