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Rae Sloan Bredin
"Polly in White"

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Signed Lower Left Period Frame Rae Sloan Bredin (1881-1933) Rae Sloan Bredin, short lived at only fifty two years of age, was unquestionably one of the New Hope Art Colony’s finest painters. His paintings exemplify Pennsylvania Impressionism at its finest hour. His compositions of children, gracious feminine figures, trees and flowers in bloom, and the landscape surrounding the Delaware River were not scenes of an imaginary vision. Bredin was content painting the subjects he saw, where and as he saw them. When it came to his craft, Bredin was not a man of imagination but an accurate interpreter of everyday life. It just so happened that everyday life in New Hope in the teens, twenties and thirties, especially in the summer months, was a beautiful place to be. Placing an artist of Bredin’s ability in those surroundings enabled him through his art to leave behind a legacy to be admired and awed by those who love art. His delicate taste in color and flawless handling of light was in part a recipe for success, but it was also Bredin’s innate sense of beauty and charm so clearly evident in his work that made for such appealing results .Often depicted in his paintings where his wife, Alice , his two young daughters Jean and Barbara, and his only son , Stephen. Many of his landscapes were painted at the family home called “Shadow Lawn” situated directly on the Delaware River just outside of New Hope. Bredin, the son of a physician, was born in Butler, Pennsylvania in 1881. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and graduated in 1899. He continued his studies at the New York School of Fine Arts under the instruction of William Merritt Chase Frank Dumond, and Robert Henri. While in New York Bredin befriended fellow students Robert Spencer and Charles Rosen, and the three would eventually reside in New Hope. After New York, Bredin enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy studying under Thomas Eakins. After being first introduced to New Hope on a visit to his friend Charles Rosen’s home in 1910, Bredin met and married Alice Price in 1914, the sister of artist, M. Elizabeth Price, and well known art critic and owner of the Ferargil Gallery in N.Y.C., F. Newlin Price. Shortly thereafter the Bredins traveled to France and Italy where Rae furthered his studies and upon their return purchased a home just north of New Hope. In 1921, Bredin was made an Associate of the National Academy of Design and taught at the Chase School of Fine Arts in New York. He also became an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts , the University of Virginia , the Philadelphia School of Design for Women , the Trenton Academy , and the Holmquist School Bredin Exhibited widely throughout his lifetime at the nation’s most prestigious institutions and won many awards and medals including a Bronze Medal at the Panama -Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, 1915. He remained a resident of New Hope until his untimely death in 1933. His paintings are highly sought after by museums, collectors and galleries. Because his career was cut short at the age of fifty two, his body of work is smaller than most of his contemporaries. Sources: New Hope for American Art by James M. Alterman The New Hope magazine. August,1933. Bredin Memorial Exhibition The New Hope magazine. October,1933 Tribute To Bredin New York Herald Tribune. 10/15/1933 In Memory of an American Artist, Untimely Lost.

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