December 9, 2018 14:00 EST

American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists

 
Lot 119
 

119

Fern Isabel Coppedge (American, 1883-1951)
Creek Bridge Snow (Carversville)

Signed 'Fern I. Coppedge' bottom right, oil on canvas

38 1/8 x 40 1/8 in. (96.8 x 101.9cm)

Provenance

Private Collection, Pennsylvania.

Sold for $262,000
Estimated at $100,000 - $150,000


 

Signed 'Fern I. Coppedge' bottom right, oil on canvas

Provenance

Private Collection, Pennsylvania.

Exhibited

"Fern I. Coppedge: A Forgotten Woman," James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, September 16-November 25, 1990 (listed in the exhibition catalogue p. 42.)

Note

Although born in Decatur, Illinois, in 1882, Fern Isabel Coppedge is considered one of the most significant female artists of the Pennsylvania Impressionist movement. First enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, she later studied at the Art Students League of New York, before eventually moving to Philadelphia, where she attended the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The school and its notable alumni such as Henry Snell and Daniel Garber exposed Coppedge to Impressionism and the burgeoning community of artists along the Delaware River in Bucks County, an hour north of Philadelphia. In 1920, Coppedge purchased her first studio in Lumberville. Nine years later, she built a new home and studio on Main Street in the center of New Hope. Today, Fern Isabel Coppedge is most well known for her bright, warm-hued wintry scenes, which were usually set in Bucks County, along the Delaware River. Like many other Impressionists of her time, she was committed to painting year round en plein-air, and frequently braved the elements in a bearskin coat to capture the subtle effects of changing light, a technique at which she particularly excelled.
The present painting depicts Carversville, a village named after its first postmaster, and situated about forty-five miles north of Philadelphia, in Bucks County. A quaint hamlet, Carversville is currently protected by a Historic District Ordinance which prevents its population from growing much larger or being developed with new homes or businesses. Pictured in the present painting is the Brook at Carversville, a site which Fern Coppedge painted numerous times, along with Edward Redfield and Daniel Garber. Here, the artist once again demonstrates her love for bold colors. She captures the gentle turquoise flow of the Paunacussing Creek, which borders bright houses on the river's banks; all are covered with blotches of deep yellow and shimmering reds. In the background, one can spot the Bridge in Solebury Township, an historic stone arch bridge erected in 1854, which Coppedge treats as a mosaic, singling each squared stone with various shades of red and orange.

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Fern Isabel Coppedge

Although born in Decatur, Illinois in 1882, Fern Isabel Coppedgeis considered one of the most significant female artists of the Pennsylvania Impressionist movement. First enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago and then the Art Students League of New York, Coppedge eventually moved to Philadelphia, where she attendedthe prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The school and its notable alumniHenry Snell and Daniel Garber among themexposed Coppedge to Impressionist techniques and the burgeoning community of artists along the Delaware River in Bucks County, an hour north of Philadelphia.Freeman’s strength in presenting Pennsylvania Impressionist material is evident in our track record of Coppedge sales. Her quintessential Bucks County landscapes have regularly exceeded their pre-sale estimates; The Delaware Valleyachieved $329,000 in a 2006 sale, Creek Bridge Snow (Carversville)sold for $262,000 in 2018, and The Delaware Reflections achieved $221,000 in 2004.In 1920, Coppedge purchased her first studio in Lumberville. Nine years later, she built a new home and studio on Main Street in the center of New Hope. She retained ties to Philadelphia’s art scene through her involvement in such groups as the Philadelhpia Art Alliance and the Philadelphia Ten. Today, Fern Isabel Coppedge is best known for her bright, warm-hued wintry scenes, usually set in Bucks County, along the Delaware River. Like many of her Impressionist peers, she was committed to painting year-round en plein air, and frequently braved the elements in a bearskin coat to capture the subtle effects of changing light, a technique at which she particularly excelled.