Blue and Gold by Richard Blossom Farley: In this painting, a dark-haired woman with a flower in her hair reclines slightly on a chair. She wears a blue dress and looks away from the viewer. Farley specialized in portraits, such as this one, with the suggestion of opulent interiors. This painting is remarkable for its rich textures; the elaborate pattern on the wall covering, the patterned upholstery on the settee, and luminous fabric of the sitter’s dress. Richard Blossom Farley studied at PAFA with William Merritt Chase, and in France with James Abbot McNeill Whistler. He exhibited in several competitions and venues over the years until retiring to the artists’ colony in New Hope, PA.
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Richard Blossom Farley, American, 1875 — 1951, Blue and Gold, 1912, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase, 1917.3.1.
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