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Joseph Barrett (American, b. 1936), "Hill Side Road: New Hope, Pennsylvania", oil on canvas, signed

Joseph Barrett (American, b. 1936), "Hill Side Road: New Hope, Pennsylvania", oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Signed lower left, in a gilt wood frame


Appears fine, with fresh varnish applied by the artist. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Private collection


Sight: Height 20 in. x Width 18 in.

Frame: Height 28 in. x width 26 in. x Depth 1.5 in.

About The Artist:

Joseph Barrett is an American artist who works in the style of the Impressionist painters of the New Hope School. These painters migrated to the artist colony of New Hope, Pennsylvania at the turn of the century and have strong artistic connections to New Hope and the Delaware River. Impressionist works are categorized by the use of broad brushstrokes to capture the impermanence of conditions and the effects of light and atmosphere. Impressionist artists, including those of New Hope, painted ''en plein air'', or out of doors, to paint a scene as observed in natural light. The New Hope School was not characterized by a uniform style, but the artists were united in their choice of subject matter.

In 2009, Barrett won the prize for ''Best Traditional New Hope Style Painting'' at the 80th Juried Art Exhibition at Phillip's Mill, a community association in New Hope.

Originally from North Carolina, Barrett studied at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He now lives near New Hope in Lahaska, Pennsylvania. Barrett's work is characterized by bold colors and impasto, or heavy layers of paint. BarrettÕs color palette is informed by the Fauvist movement, which valued strong, bold colors over the accurate representation of forms. He paints landscapes according to his own personal idiom, capitalizing on the idiosyncrasies of his unique vision. Each work is complemented by an handmade, artist frame. Barrett primarily uses wood and metal leaf.

In Hill Side Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania, the artist employs a compelling diagonal composition as well as expressive, loose brushwork. These effects create an animated scene, as the houses seemingly leap off of the canvas. The impressed geometric shapes contrast with the loose organic forms in BarrettÕs painting, creating a unified work as a whole. The artist-made, gilt wood frame features an incised design.


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