Charles Putnam Safford (1900 – 1963) Portrait of a Woman Sold P727

The lighting is somewhat eerie, the treatment fluent, even stylish, and the sitter possesses a truly arresting beauty in this noir-ish period portrait.

Oil on canvas. Measures 31″ tall x 25 1/2″ wide.

Born in Logansport, IN on Nov. 18, 1900. Charles Safford ran away from home at age 14 and spent his teens as a hobo. He briefly studied at the Pratt Institute and with Roi Clarkson Colman. Upon moving to California in the 1930s, he worked in the Coachella Valley and San Diego, and as an illustrator with the WPA in San Francisco. After serving in WWII, he attended the Hans Hofmann School in NYC and then returned to San Francisco. Safford died in Mendocino, CA on July 6, 1963. Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1933.

Selected Exhibitions: The Six Gallery, San Francisco 1955. The Art Bank of the San Francisco Art Association, 1958, 59, 60; Third Winter Invitational, California Palace of The Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1962

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

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