Pennsylvania Painters & The New Hope Circle

Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio proudly presents, Pennsylvania Painters & the New Hope Circle, from Saturday, October 8 through Saturday, December 31, 2011. This special exhibition focuses exclusively on Pennsylvania Impressionist artists, including Walter Baum, Rae Sloan Bredin, William Lathrop, Harry Leith-Ross, Antonio Martino, Edward Redfield, George Sotter and others. Pennsylvania Painters & the New Hope Circle strives to pay homage to the creativity and adept skill of this unique school of painters. The exhibition will feature over 40 paintings by artists who settled and worked in the New Hope area in the first half of the 20th century.

Pennsylvania Painters & the New Hope Circle will feature an array of highly collectable American Impressionist paintings. A particularly beautiful painting, by Rae Sloan Bredin, features the artist’s young daughter quietly sitting for her father as she clutches a small ragdoll. Also included is a rare and vibrant floral still life by John Folinsbee. Perhaps one of the largest and most important paintings in the exhibition depicts gorgeous clouds rolling above Bucks County farmland, by George Sotter. There are also snow scenes by Walter Baum, Fern Coppedge and Harry Leith-Ross, as well as depictions of the Delaware Valley throughout other seasons.

Pennsylvania Painters & the New Hope Circle aims to expand upon an extraordinary exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum titled The Painterly Voice (October 22, 2010-April 1, 2012). The Gallery is a longtime supporter of the James A. Michener Art Museum and a sponsor of The Painterly Voice, an ambitious exhibition of approximately 200 works of art by more than 50 Bucks County artists, focusing particularly on the works of the artist of the New Hope art colony. Pennsylvania Painters & the New Hope Circle will feature paintings by many of the artists included in the show at the James A. Michener Art Museum; allowing an even further exploration of each artists’ work.

Paul Gratz, owner and head-conservator of Gratz Gallery, purchased his first Pennsylvania Impressionist painting nearly 35 years ago, and from that point on he was dedicated to promoting this exceptional group of painters. Gratz Gallery has been representing the work of the Pennsylvania Impressionists for more than a decade, having bought and sold some of the most brilliant examples of paintings from the school. In the late 1800s artists began settling in the geographic area of the Delaware Valley surrounding New Hope, in part because of the beautiful vistas the area offered, but also because of the accepting, nurturing atmosphere of the area. The ever expanding group of painters was stylistically distinct, yet sought each other’s advice and encouragement as artists; New Hope was truly a community of creativity! Today, the New Hope Circle is recognized nationally, if not internationally, as among the most eminent of the contributing groups to the American Impressionist art movement.

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