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Encyclopedia > Edward Willis Redfield

Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965) was an American landscape painter and member of the art colony at New Hope, Pennsylvania. He is best known today for his impressionist scenes of the New Hope area, often depicting the snow-covered countryside. An art colony is a place where artists live and work, interacting with one another, often creating a distinctive style. ... New Hope is a borough located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. As of the 2000 census, the borough had a total population of 2,252. ... Impressionism was a 19th century art movement, that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists who began publicly exhibiting their art in the 1860s. ...

Redfield was born on December 18, 1869 in Bridgeville, Delaware. He showed artistic talent at an early age, and from 1887 to 1889 studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. While there he met Robert Henri, who was later to become an important American painter of the Ashcan School, and the two became lifelong friends. Redfield later traveled to France and studied at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts. In Europe, Redfield admired the work of impressionist painters Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Norwegian Fritz Thaulow. In France he met Elise Deligant, the daughter of an innkeeper, and the two married in 1893. Bridgeville is a town located in Sussex County, Delaware. ... The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the oldest art school in the United States, founded in Philadelphia in 1805. ... Independence Hall, as it appears today. ... Robert Henri, by Gertrude Kasebier (1900) Snow in New York 1902, oil on canvas National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Robert Henri (June 25, 1865-1929) born in Cincinnati, Ohio but grew up in the small town of Cozad, Nebraska, which his father had founded. ... The Ash Can School was remembered on the USPS stamp. ... The Académie Julian was an art school in Paris, France. ... École des Beaux Arts refers to several art schools in France. ... Claude Monet Claude Monet also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926) was a French impressionist painter. ... The garden at Pontoise, painted 1877. ...

Redfield and his wife returned to America and settled in Center Bridge, Pennsylvania, near New Hope. Redfield was the first painter to move to the area, and is sometimes considered a co-founder of the artist colony at New Hope along with William Langson Lathrop.

The impressionist landscapes of Edward Redfield are noted for their bold application of paint and vibrant color. Redfield painted en plein air, directly from nature rather than in a studio. He would often carry a large canvas into the snow, set it on an easel, and vigorously paint an entire scene in one standing over the course of a day. His works were exhibited nation-wide, and twenty-seven of them were featured at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915) in San Francisco, an important venue for artists of the time. Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood. ... The Palace of Fine Arts from the Exposition The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was a worlds fair held in San Francisco, California between February 20 and December 4 in 1915. ...

Redfield was a harsh critic of his own art. In 1947 he burned a large number of his paintings that he considered sub-standard. It was around that time that he stopped painting. Redfield died on October 19, 1965. Today his paintings are in many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. Interior of the museum The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often referred to simply as The Met, is one of the worlds largest and most important art museums, located on the eastern edge of Central Park in Manhattan, New York, United States. ... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ...

Further Reading

  • Kimmerle, Constance (2004). Edward W. Redfield: Just Values and Fine Seeing, Philadelphia: James A. Michener Art Museum and University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0812238435.
  • Peterson, Brian H. (Editor) (2002). Pennsylvania Impressionism, Philadelphia: James A. Michener Art Museum and University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0812237005.

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