Gallery 119, first floor
In the early twentieth century, a group of artists rooted in the American Realist tradition and influenced by French Impressionism worked closely together in New Hope, Pennsylvania, some 40 miles north of Philadelphia on the Delaware River.
Many of these artists met while attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and later moved to Bucks County. They found the natural beauty of the Delaware River and its surrounding hills ideal subjects for their rich, atmospheric landscape paintings. Their free, loose brushwork was particularly suited to working out of doors, directly from nature, even during the fiercest weather conditions.
Widely known as the New Hope School, their work is featured in this exhibition of eighteen paintings drawn from the holdings of the Museum and from local private collections.
Michael Taylor • Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Galleries