Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965)
Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965)

Plum Blossoms

Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965)
Plum Blossoms
signed 'EW Redfield' (lower left)
oil on canvas
38 x 50 in. (96.5 x 127 cm.)
Painted circa 1920.
The artist.
Estate of the above.
George Redfield, grandson of the artist.
Acquired by the present owner, circa 1983.
A. Redd, “Exhibit Places Painter in Historical Context,” Globe-Times Reviewer, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1987, p. D3, illustrated.
J.M.W. Fletcher, Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965), An American Impressionist: His Paintings and the Man Behind the Palette, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 1996, pp. 23, 143, 175, no. 555.
T.C. Folk, The Pennsylvania Impressionists, Cranbury, New Jersey, 1997, n.p., pl. 12, illustrated.
J.M.W. Fletcher, Edward Redfield: An American Impressionist 1869-1965, vol. II, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 2002, pp. 284, 398, no. 228, illustrated.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Art Club of Philadelphia, Catalogue of Paintings by Edward Redfield, November 17-December 5, 1920, no. 9.
Rochester, New York, University of Rochester, Memorial Art Gallery, Exhibition of Oriental Art, Period Embroideries, Paintings by Edward Redfield and Harry Hoffman, November 1927, no. 4.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 127th Annual Exhibition, 1932.
New York, Grand Central Art Galleries, A Retrospective Exhibition of the Work of Edward Redfield N.A., April 16-May 4, 1968, no. 29.
Allentown, Pennsylvania, Allentown Art Museum, and elsewhere, The Pennsylvania School of Landscape Painting: An Original American Impressionism, September 16-November 25, 1984, p. 41, fig. 2:14, illustrated.
Allentown, Pennsylvania, Allentown Art Museum, and elsewhere, Edward Redfield: First Master of the Twentieth Century Landscape, September 20, 1987-January 10, 1988, p. 68, no. 13, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

"Plum Blossoms is considered one of Redfield's largest and most loved spring scenes. The artist retained this painting throughout his life, as it was probably one of his favorites. Redfield began focusing on spring during the late teens, so this would be one of his first major spring scenes. It was painted in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, near his home and very close to the Delaware River. As depicted here, two ducks also appear in another spring scene as well, Road to the River (Manoogian Collection, Detroit, Michigan)." (Tom Folk, unpublished letter, 2015)

This painting is included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on Redfield by Tom Folk Ph.D., AAA.

Please note the present lot includes the original signed Fred Harer frame, which was selected for this work by the artist.

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