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Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power

Curated by Louise Feder, Assistant Curator

March 24 – July 15, 2018
Putman | Smith Gallery

After the Rain, Rae Sloan Bredin, c. 1913, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”, Michener Art Museum, Museum purchase funded by the Janus Society, the Beveridge Moor and Henry Morof Trust, and John C. Seegers
Rae Sloan Bredin (1880 – 1933), Canal in Winter, c. 1917, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Private Collection.

“Within the subtle range of values, peculiarly his own, Bredin succeeded in combining harmony and power, truly artistic…colors are arranged in harmonies with a sustained organization of the highest order...quality of texture and whole expression. One phase of his talent was the just appraisal of that quality known as ‘decorative.’” – John F. Folinsbee, “Bredin Memorial,” 1933

Rae Sloan Bredin (1881-1933) has long been known among the Pennsylvania Impressionists as a painter whose work is characterized by refinement and dignity, serenity and delicacy. His paintings depict life in New Hope and, unlike his local peers, often depict women and children in groups both out in nature as well as in intimate interiors. This exhibition will highlight works spanning Bredin’s career, touching on his time as a student, instructor, and member of the New Hope Group.

Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power is sponsored by Kathy and Ted Fernberger with additional support by the Sienkiewicz Family.

The publication is supported by the Virginia B. and William D. Williams Endowment Fund.

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