Edward Willis Redfield (American, 1869–1965)
The Peaceful Valley
Signed 'E.W. REDFIELD.' bottom right; also signed and titled on upper stretcher verso, oil on canvas
38 1/4 x 50 1/4 in. (97.2 x 127.6cm)
Executed circa 1930.
The Artist.
The Estate of the Artist.
By descent in the Redfield family to the present owner.
"An Exhibition of Paintings and Crafts by Edward Redfield," Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 1-22, 1959; and The New Hope Historical Society, Parry Barn, New Hope, Pennsylvania, October 30-November 27, 1960, respectively nos. 21 and 2 (in 'Upper Room West').
"Edward Willis Redfield: A Retrospective of His Work," Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 23-November 30, 1968.
"An Exhibition of Paintings by Edward W. Redfield," Holicong Jr. High School, Holicong, Pennsylvania, June 19-July 6, 1975.
"Memorial Exhibition," Bucks County Conservacy, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, June 19-July 6, 1975.
"An American Tradition: The Pennsylvania Impressionists," Beacon Hill Fine Art, New York, New York, November 24, 1995-February 3, 1996.
J.M.W. Fletcher, Edward Willis Redfield, An American Impressionist: His Paintings and the Man Behind the Palette, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 1996, no. 539, pp. 143, 175 (illustrated).
J.M.W. Fletcher, Edward Willis Redfield, An American Impressionist (1869-1965): The Redfield Letters, Seven Decades of Correspondence Plus 426 Photographs of His Paintings in Two Volumes, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 2002, Vol. 1, p. 259, vol. 2, no. 239, pp. 399, 484 and 490 (illustrated).
The present work is one of Edward Redfield's largest and most successful compositions. Executed on top of a hill near the artist's studio in Point Pleasant, it presents the viewer with a bird's eye view of the rightfully-titled peaceful Delaware River valley, with the new Centre Bridge stretching in the distance. Executed at the peak of the artist's career, many years after Redfield first started to focus on spring compositions, the scene depicts several blossoming cherry trees in the foreground, all captured in expressive dabs of white paint that contrast with the more verdant and brown hues of the surrounding areas. The trees in the foreground form a series of strong vertical lines which vividly contrast with the horizontal shapes of the hills, the quarries and the bridge in the background, thus adding a sense of depth and dynamism to the entire composition. Yet, Redfield does more than just producing a vigorous and swiftly painted landscape. Instead, he composes an-all surface pattern that enhances the immediacy of the scene, prompting the viewer to lose sight of the specific facts of the scene and instead dive into a mesmerizing abstract composition - one of the artist's boldest and most modern depictions of spring.
The present work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of Edward Redfield's work, being compiled by Dr. Thomas C. Folk.

Estimate $200,000-300,000

Sold for $225,000 (buyer's premium included)