EDWARD WILLIS REDFIELD
"THE SNOW STORM"
Signed 'E.W. Redfield' bottom right, oil on canvas
Executed in 1915.
27 7/8 x 32 1/4 in. (78.8 x 81.9cm)
J.J. Gillespie Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Acquired directly from the above in 1927.
Private Collection, Pennsylvania.
By descent in the family.
Private Collection, Connecticut.
"Special Exhibition of Work by Edward Redfield and Others," Art Institute of Chicago, December 12, 1916-January 2, 1917," no. 138.
"Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings by Edward W. Redfield," The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, January 11-31, 1917, no. 17.
"Exhibition of Paintings by Edward Redfield," Worcester Museum of Art, March 4-April 1, 1917, no. 13.
Edward Willis Redfield built his reputation through powerful landscape paintings, which he almost exclusively executed en plein air. Well-versed in large-scale winter scenes, he often revisited this subject throughout his career, always paying great attention to light and color in order to best capture the beauty and the subtleties of the snow-covered Pennsylvania countryside. In 1898, the Redfield family purchased a farm in Center Bridge, Pennsylvania, which allowed Edward to study unique viewpoints. The present work was painted near the artist's home in 1915, and its style is typical for Redfield. The winding, snow-covered road, upon which villagers pull a sled, stretches into the distance, conveying a sense of winter's immenseness. The palette is sparse. The artist only uses dove grays and blue grays with touches of lavender to render the quietness of the moment. However, Redfield manages to animate the scene with carefully arranged splashes of colors - on the hats of the villagers and barn façades - proving his ability to enliven a village muted by snow.
This painting will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the 'Associated Dealers in American Paintings,' as certified and signed by the artist, dated December 24, 1927. It will also be accompanied by the original bill of sale from J.J. Gillespie Company dated January, 1927, and by a letter from the artist dated November 28, 1944.
The painting will also be included in Dr. Thomas Folk's forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of the artist's work.
Sold for $187,500 (buyer's premium included)