De Forest also worked for many years for Louis Comfort Tiffany, as an interior and furniture designer, travelling widely to collect architectural motifs and commission artisans. At each destination de Forest painted oil sketches, not as preliminary studies for larger pieces, but as fully resolved works. Like many late nineteenth and early twentieth century painters, de Forest worked on paper which he subsequently adhered to canvas. This convenient and lightweight method allowed him to use time between appointments or while on the road to his best advantage. He recorded carefully selected scenes of Egypt, Tunisia, Greece, Syria, India, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, California, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Each painting is both a moment in de Forest’s life and a glimpse of an era now vanished.
A true Renaissance man, de Forest was a landscape painter, an entrepreneur, a furniture designer, an importer, an interior designer, a world traveler, as well as a husband and father. Propelled by dauntless optimism and a deep need to succeed, his paintings remain the best measure of the man.
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