Edward Redfield (1869-1965) was born in Bridgeville, Delaware. After studying painting in Paris, he returned to the States and eventually settled in Center Bridge, Pennsylvania. There he began to produce very large dynamic winter scenes, all painted outdoors and in “one go,” no matter what the size.
Whereas many of the European Impressionists seemed to portray light and life in a more romantic way, Redfield addressed his subjects using a very matter of fact approach. In many ways he pushed the bar forward, anticipating such modern art movements as abstract expressionism. Paintings such as “Winter Wonderland” have a surface of energized paint and are quasi-abstract in their execution.
His paintings of Bucks County drew other artists to the area such as Daniel Garber, John Folinsbee and Walter Elmer Schofield.
Along with many other painters, these artists would eventually become known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists.
Although Redfield never considered himself a part of any one artistic movement, he became known as the father of this group. He continued painting outdoors well into his 80s, creating the amazing and heroic canvases he is known for.
Images courtesy of: