A.V. Greene (1887-1971) Impressions of Life

May 30th through August 31st 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 30th, from 6pm-10pm

Full-Color Digital Catalog

Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio is pleased to announce Albert Van Nesse Greene (1887-1971) Impressions of Life, an exhibition of paintings by the Pennsylvania  Impressionist. This special event will be the inaugural exhibition at the gallery's new location on Silo Hill Road in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The exhibition will be held at the Gallery and Conservation Studio location from May 30th through August 31st, 2015.  An opening reception will be held at the gallery and studio on Saturday, May 30th from 6pm to 10pm.

Albert Van Nesse Greene, often referred to as A.V. Greene, was born in Jamaica, New York in 1887. He grew up in Washington, DC and studied at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He furthered his studies at the Art Students League, the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, under Daniel Garber.  While serving during World War I Greene was seriously injured. After recovering he moved to Philadelphia in 1917. He began part-time work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art's Country School in Chester Springs (now Historic Yellow Springs). He ultimately settled in Chester Springs; choosing the area's beautiful landscapes at the subjects of many of his compositions.

Albert Van Nesse Greene was strongly influenced by the French Impressionists. His early work is highly impressionistic and embraces a palette more aligned with French painters than his American counterparts. Although his subjects tend to favor Pennsylvania landscapes, he also painted in Booth Bay, Maine and throughout Europe; creating a diverse and varied range of compositions.  He was also an adept draftsman known for his beautiful pastel compositions. Greene's artwork was exhibited extensively throughout the United States and France during his lifetime.

The forthcoming exhibition at Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio will be one of the largest offerings of A.V. Greene's work in recent years. The exhibition features over sixty pieces by Greene; a culmination of thirty years of collecting the artist's finest works. Impressions of Life showcases a number of Pennsylvania landscapes and Maine harbor scenes, as well as some beautiful depictions of Europe. Greene enjoyed transcribing the landscape as it changed throughout the seasons; therefore, the exhibition includes a number of sunny springtime and crisp winter compositions.

In celebration of the forthcoming opening Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio will be donating a portion of its proceeds to the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown. The James A. Michener Art Museum opened as an independent, non-profit cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Bucks County region. Gratz Gallery salutes the work the Museum has done since it opened its doors in 1988, and would like to thank them for their dedication to the arts.

A color catalogue will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition.  All featured works of art will be available on our website a week prior to the opening.

Located at 5230 Silo Hill Road in Doylestown, the Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio specializes in 19th and 20th century American paintings, with a focus on painters from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  In addition to art investment Gratz Gallery also offers custom framing and fine art conservation services.  The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sundays, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m., as well as by appointment. Call 215-348-2500 or visit the Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio website at www.gratzgallery.com.