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The Hudson River School and Luminist painter Francis Augustus Silva were influential on the American art scene. He specialized in painting marine scenes, capturing the subtle gradations of light and ocean atmosphere. His paintings of coastal life are among the most beautiful in the country. In addition to his landscapes, he painted seascapes, and portraits. His work is truly timeless. 

Francisco Augustus Silva was born in New York City on May 14, 1835. Although he had no formal art training, he began painting landscapes at the age of thirteen. His work was initially exhibited at the American Institute of the City of New York and the National Academy of Design in 1869. He also had a studio in New England and exhibited with the Boston Art Club in 1873. The same year, he exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association and the National Academy of Design in New York.

He moved to Long Branch, New Jersey in the 1880s, but continued to work in his New York studio until his death. The Tenth Street Studio Building was home to a "Who's Who" of contemporary American landscape painters. In addition to painting landscapes in a variety of settings, Silva favored landscapes flooded with sun and moonlight. In the early 1870s, he began to change the diffuse colored light in his landscapes to more precise illumination. By the end of the decade, he was painting primarily with watercolors, but maintained his New York studio at the same time.

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