Frances August Silva (American 1835-1886)

Born in New York City, Silva began his career painting historical subjects on stagecoaches.  After fighting in the civil war he exhibited his first painting at the National Academy of Design in 1868.  He soon became known for his luminous paintings of coastal scenes from the New England Coast as well as the Long Island and New Jersey shores.

Silva’s work renders a calmness, clarity and sensitive handling of light and atmosphere with a timeless feel in a warm, glowing composition, heightening the detail of his works and infusing them with a timeless feel.  His work shows the influence of the second generation of the Hudson River School artists.

Silva’s paintings can be found in prestigious public and private collections including the Peabody-Essex Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art to name a few.



19th, 20th & 21st Century American Paintings