Overlooking the Valley

Edward Willis Redfield American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743

Edward Willis Redfield was a leading member of the so-called Pennsylvania Impressionists, or New Hope school, a group of artists who lived and worked in the Bucks County region outside Philadelphia. Trained in the realist traditions of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Redfield won more lifetime awards for his work than any American artist except John Singer Sargent. He is best known for his vigorous snow scenes, such as this one, painted en plein air (or outdoors) in one sitting. Such painting was viewed by the modernist critic and artist Guy Pene du Bois as “democratic . . . an unbiased . . . record of nature.”

Overlooking the Valley, Edward Willis Redfield (1869–1965), Oil on canvas, American

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