The Day before Christmas
Edward Willis Redfield, American, 1869 - 1965
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In 1898 Edward Redfield purchased land along the Delaware River in Center Bridge, making him one of the first artists associated with Pennsylvania Impressionism to establish residence in the area. A self-reliant Quaker, he grew his own crops, collected water from a nearby well, and built furniture from driftwood. He described Bucks County as “a place where an independent, self-sufficient man could make a living from the land, bring up a family and still have the freedom to paint as he saw fit.” Redfield is best remembered for his vigorous depictions of snow-bound landscapes, including this festive scene of his farmhouse along the towpath at Center Bridge.