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The Oak

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Francois (Frank) J. Girardin (1856-1945)

Oil on board.

Size: 5 7/8" X 8", Frame 10 1/2" X 8 1/4" overall

Price: $325

A beautiful painting by Indiana/California artist Frank Girardin. The painting is in excellent condition and has been recently professionally cleaned and is ready rot hang and enjoy. The painting is signed and titled, verso, in pencil, "The Oak", F. J Girardin". Following is a biography by Shaun Dingwerth, Richmond (Ind.) Art Museum.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Frank Girardin began his art instruction in 1870 under Frank Noble and later Frank Duveneck at the Cincinnati Art Academy. A semi-pro baseball player in Cincinnati, he was best known for his beautiful landscapes of both Indiana and California.

An extremely active participant in the development of the Art Association of Richmond and original member of the local Sketch Club, he served on the Board of Directors of Art Association for several years. He was considered ranked next to the late John E. Bundy in talent and skill by the former Art Association Director, Mrs. Ella Bond Johnston. It was during his time in Indiana, that he received the most recognition for his work. In 1903, he won first prize for his painting, “Lingering Snow” at the Cincinnati Art Club Show. This would be one of numerous prizes and awards the he would receive during his time in Indiana, including the coveted Mary T. R. Foulke Prize.

In 1910, Girardin moved to Redondo Beach, California where he continued to paint the local landscape. Although living in Californian, he never forgot his friends in Richmond, continuing to participate in the annual exhibition by Indiana artists. Many California residents referred to him as “The Beech Tree Painter”. Indiana public schools and libraries, including the Richmond Community Schools, Morrison-Reeves Library, and the Fayette County Public Library, purchased or acquired works. His paintings are in the San Diego Art Museum and the Richmond Art Museum.

Submitted by Shaun Dingwerth Richmond Art Museum