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Edward Willis Redfield

(1869-1965)

Landscape painter

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Biography

(b Bridgeville, DE, 1869; d 1965) American Painter.Like many of his contemporaries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Redfield studied extensively at some of the finest art schools in the world. After his early training at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Anschutz, Redfield went to Paris to receive further training at the Académie Julian in the late 1880s or early 1890s. Accompanied by Robert Henri, an old friend from his days at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Redfield traveled from Paris to the French countryside and the forest of Fountainbleau where he painted en plein air in the cold of winter. Redfield's impressive experiences in the French country provided him with a new interest in landscape painting, as well as a new approach to painting that would last a lifetime. It was during these early years that he established his niche as a "one go" artist, saying, "I go into the field with my 50 pounds of equipment and a 50 x 56 canvas, and do not leave until I have completed my work." (Credit: Christie’s, New York, Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, May 19, 2005, Lot 174)

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