Michener Art Museum

Edward W. Redfield


Edward Redfield, photo by Juley & Sons,courtesy of Patricia Redfield Ross and Dorothy Redfield
CRAFTSPERSON, PAINTER
BORN: December 18, 1869, Bridgeville, Delaware
DIED: October 19, 1965, Center Bridge, Pennsylvania


The Pennsylvania school born in the Academy at Philadelphia or in the person of Edward W. Redfield is a very concise expression of the simplicity of our language and of the prosaic nature of our sight. It is democratic painting--broad, without subtility, vigorous in language if not absolutely in heart, blatantly obvious or honest in feeling. It is an unbiased, which means, inartistic, record of nature.-Guy Pene du Bois


Among the New Hope impressionists painters, Edward Willis Redfield was the most decorated, winning more awards than any American artist except John Singer Sargent. Primarily a landscape painter, Redfield was acclaimed as the most "American" artist of the New Hope school because of his vigor and individualism. Redfield favored the technique of painting en plein air, that is, outdoors amidst nature. Tying his canvas to a tree, Redfield worked in even most the brutal weather. Painting rapidly, in thick, broad brush strokes, and without attempting preliminary sketches, Redfield typically completed his paintings in one sitting. Although Redfield is best known for his snow scenes, he painted several spring and summer landscapes, often set in Maine, where he spent his summers. He also painted cityscapes, including, most notably, Between Daylight and Darkness (1909), a atmospheric tonalist painting of the New York skyline in twilight.When Redfield stopped painting in the mid - 1940s he began producing hooked rugs and painted furniture. He died at the age of ninety-six in 1965.

Redfield was awarded a retrospective exhibition at the New Hope branch of the James A. Michener Art Museum, Edward Redfeild: Just Value and Fine Seeing, in 2004, accompanied by a catalgue with the same title.