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Edward Willis Redfield (American, 1869–1965), , At the Crossroads

Edward Willis Redfield (American, 1869–1965), , At the Crossroads

Item Description:

Edward Willis Redfield (American, 1869–1965)
At the Crossroads
Signed and dated 'E.W. REDFIELD/1913' bottom right, oil on canvas
32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6cm)
PROVENANCE:
Henry B. Holt.
Acquired directly from the above in 1983.
CIGNA Museum and Art Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sotheby's, New York, sale of December 1, 2004, lot 207.
Acquired directly from the above sale.
Private Collection, New Hope, Pennsylvania.
EXHIBITED:
"One Hundred-and-Eighth Annual Exhibition," The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February-March, 1913.
"American Impressionism: The New Hope Circle," The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 5, 1984-January 27, 1985 (listed in the exhibition catalogue p. 72).
"American Landscape Painting 1850-1950: Selections from the CIGNA Collection," CIGNA Museum and Art Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February-March, 1987 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue p. 7).
"The Byers' Annual Bucks Fever Art Exhibition: An Exhibition of Bucks County Impressionists from the CIGNA Museum and Art Collection," Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, April 14-May 15, 1994.
"The Pennsylvania Impressionists," Westmoreland Museum of Fine Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, April–July 1997; also the Florence Griswald Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut, October 5–November 30, 1997; also the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee, December 4, 1997–February 22, 1998; also the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, March 28–May 10, 1998; and the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, June 6–August 15, 1998 (traveling exhibition).
LITERATURE:
Linda Monroe, "Artwork: A Corporate Asset?," in Buildings, March 1989, p. 80 (illustrated).
John M. W. Fletcher, Edward Willis Redfield 1869-1965, An American Impressionist: His Paintings and the Man Behind the Palette, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 1996, p. 154, no. 43 (listed, not illustrated).
John M.W. Fletcher, Edward Willis Redfield, An American Impressionist 1869-1965: The Redfield Letters, Vol. II, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 2002, no. 245, p. 399 (illustrated).
NOTE:
In 1898, Edward Redfield and his wife moved from Glenside to the Belle Island Farm in Centre Bridge, just five miles north of New Hope, along the Delaware River and canal. Redfield’s move mirrored the experience of many city dwellers who sought a simpler life in the country. The bucolic region became the artist's favorite subject; one that he captured in every season from his studio in Point Pleasant. Arguably, the winter scenes Redfield painted in the valley during the 1910s are amongst the most popular works he ever created. Sleigh scenes, specifically, were always a popular subject for Redfield and in constant demand as they displayed a certain charm and nostalgia that spoke to the artist’s views of a beautiful, and serene America. The present work demonstrates Redfield’s mastery in presenting an intimate vision of village life. Set at the crossroads between River Road, Pennsylvania Route 263 and Upper York Road in Centre Bridge, At the Crossroads depicts a solitary house blanketed in the snow, as a horse-drawn sled pulls in our direction. Today, the house still stands and faces the famed ice cream parlor, Dilly’s Corner - an institution in Bucks County.
The present work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of Edward Redfield's work, compiled by Dr. Thomas C. Folk.

AUCTION
$ 150,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 80 in American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists
AUCTION DATE: Dec 6, 2020 at 2:00pm EST

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