William Posey Silva returned to the United States in 1909 after training in Europe and in 1913 moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He spent the next thirty-five years painting the region’s trees, dunes, and coast. This painting is an unusual work for Silva in that it depicts a part of California that Silva rarely visited. A Sacramento park scene, it is a quieter and more domestic subject than his familiar views of the wild Pacific coastline.

Georgia-born Silva began painting at age fifty. Until his retirement in 1907, he successfully ran a family chinaware business, an inherited enterprise. After thirty years as a businessman, he enrolled at the Académie Julian in Paris to study with the painter Jean Paul Laurens.


  • Title: Park Sacramento
  • Creator: William Posey Silva
  • Physical Dimensions: 12 x 15 in. (30.48 cm x 38.1 cm)
  • Provenance: Crocker Art Museum, gift in memory of Olga Louise “Maje” Berner
  • Medium: Oil on canvas on Masonite

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