American (California / Washington DC) 1868-1955



(Actual Size Image - 9.25" Wide)


Paris, c1895
Oil on panel (the panel also mounted to canvasboard)
Signed and inscribed lower right : F. Carl Smith / Paris
Housed in a period carved giltwood Art Nouveau frame


Note: Founding Member of the Laguna Beach Art Association


Known for his "painterly" brushwork,
this is an extraordinary small plein air work by Frederick Carl Smith,
executed in Paris, c1895, during the 10 year period he in which he studied at the
Académie Julian with Bouguereau, Ferrier, and Constant.
He also exhibited in Paris at the Salon in 1897 and 1899.

Upon his return to the United States in 1900, he worked in Washington DC,
primarily as a portrait painter, exhibiting at the National Academy of Design (1900)
and the Corcoran Gallery (1908), among others.
In 1917, he moved to California, where, in 1918, he became one of the
founding members of the Laguna Beach Art Association.


Image (Sight) Size : 6.25" High x 9.5" Wide


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Below are three oversized images for closer examination.
Note that the paint is dragged quickly and directly onto the board with loaded brush,
often employing several colors at once.
The deftness with which this work is executed produces
a sense of the moment and energy that the carefully finished painting just cannot deliver :




Detail of a lady in red, with her parasol anddaughter in white dress and bonnet,

walking the promenade before tables beneath trees,

each seated gentltmen and ladies in their brimmed hats.

The immediacy of the brushwork and direct brushed application is absoluterly delightful.

The sunlight is caught it flashes of light and color.



Detail of a child with her dog and ball, before a balustrade and further woman with paparsol,
who is walking beside a statue and toward a fountain.
Again the sun glancesthrough the shade, particulalry on the water of the fountain.










Birth place : Cincinnati, OH

Death place : Pasadena, CA

Addresses : Washington, DC, c.1900; New York City, 1900; Pasadena, CA, c.1917 and after


Profession : Portrait painter


Studied : Cincinnati Art Academy; Académie Julian, Paris with Bouguereau, Ferrier, Constant.


Exhibited : Paris Salon, 1897, 1899; National Academy of Design, 1900; Society of Washington Artists;

Washington Watercolor Club; American Art Society, Philadelphia, 1902; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; 

Corcoran Gallery Annual, 1908; Society of Independent Artists, 1917; Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, 1921 (prize).


Member : California Art Club; Society of Washington Artists; Washington Watercolor Club;
Paris American Art Association; Laguna Beach Art Association; Pasadena Society of Art.


Work : Frederick R Weisman Art Museum; Public Library, Minneapolis, MN; Continental Hall, Washington, DC;

Allegheny (PA) Observatory; State Capitol, Denver; State Capitol, Columbus, OH


Comments : Studied and painted in Paris for 7 years, marrying Isabel E. Smith in 1895 in London

and returning to the U.S. c.1900.


Sources : Who’s Who 1953; Who’s Who 1947; Marlor, Society of Independent Artists, listed as F. Carl Smith;

McMahan, Artists of Washington, DC, 200;
Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 391 (as Carl F. Smith).


This biography is drawn from the 'Who Was Who in American Art' ,
the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.




Frederick Carl Smith, Previously Sold By This Gallery :



"Bathers Amongst The Rocks in a Cove"
(Laguna Beach California)
Oil on Canvas / Image Size: 12" x 16"



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Frederick Carl Smith, American / California / Washington DC / Lusembourg Gardens, Paris, c1895