During the opening decade of the twentieth century, Pennsylvania impressionist Edward W. Redfield earned a reputation as one of America’s leading landscape painters. This exhibition brings together over 50 works (some never before on public view), spanning the entire creative period of the artist’s life and includes early student drawings, a personal journal dating to 1889, landscapes painted in France, seascapes, nocturnal cityscapes of Brooklyn and New york City, as well as the Bucks County seasonal landscapes for which the artist is best remembered and honored by his contemporaries. Additionally, hooked rugs, furniture, and other craft items produced by the artist will be on view. Organized by the Michener Art Museum, this retrospective exhibition and the accompanying catalog offer a unique opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of Redfield’s life and work as never before.
The exhibition title derives from a comment made by fellow artist Albert Sterner after viewing one of Redfield’s landscapes in 1939. Sterner told Redfield that the work, ‘painted as you always paint, from the shoulder,’ impressed him with its ‘just values and fine seeing.’ Among the major institutions who have loaned works to this exhibition are the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the National Academy of Design in New York, and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
‘Redfield’s success was solidly grounded in his ability to paint distinctive aspects of the American landscape in clear and immediate terms that dissolved the boundaries between man and nature. Redfield knew that the power of landscape painting lay in its ability to bring individuals so close to nature that they would feel the currents of its life as strongly as they feel those of their own bodies,’ notes exhibition curator Constance Kimmerle.