George Gardener Symons

(1863-1930)

George Gardener Symons changed his birth name, Simon, because he was worried about anti-Semitism. Symons traveled through Paris Munich and London before settling in Brooklyn. He was a plein-air painter who combines elements of Realism with Impressionism. Symons was best known for his winter landscapes of the Berkshire Hills and Gloucester, MA. He also painted annually in Cornwall England. Later Symons established a studio in California. Symons believed in drawing from inspiration. His large canvases were of sweeping panoramic views with large areas of bright color. "An Opalescent River" (1908, Metropolitan) shows a thick impasto and course canvases that reveals texture. He achieved critical success in the years immediately following 1909. Symons exhibited widely throughout NYC, California and London.