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Artist Biography

Redfield lived outside of Philadelphia in Bucks County, where he became the leader of the New Hope Impressionists artist colony. His training took place at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts along with Robert Henri, a good friend with whom he traveled to Paris in 1889. They attended classes at the Academie Julien and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, but Redfield preferred painting in the countryside in Fontainbleau, Barbizon, and Pont-Aven. His plein-air painting style differed from the French Impressionists in its broader brushstrokes and thicker paint application, but shared the aspect of starting and finishing the work in situ.

The artist won numerous prizes throughout his career, including a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition of 1900, silver medal at the St. Louis Exposition of 1904, multiple awards from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1903-1920, gold medal from the Corcoran Art Gallery in 1908, and Palmer Gold Medal from the Chicago Art Institute in 1913. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; Corcoran Gallery and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

References:

Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975 (Madison, CT: Soundview Press, 1999)
Brian Peterson, Pennsylvania Impressionism (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002)