Michener Art Museum to Present Retrospective on Pennsylvania Impressionist Rae Sloan Bredin

DOYLESTOWN, PA– Beginning March 24, 2018, the James A. Michener Art Museum will present Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power, an exhibition showcasing the work of renowned Pennsylvania Impressionist painter Rae Sloan Bredin (1880-1933), whose work is characterized by refinement, dignity, and serenity. As much of Bredin’s oeuvre is privately held, this show marks his first solo retrospective in 85 years. Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power will be on view through July 15, 2018.

Bredin’s paintings depict an idyllic vision of life along the Delaware River, replete with dappled sunlight, arched shadows, sparkling water, and towering trees. Unlike most of his local peers, Bredin’s paintings often include figures, especially women and children, in formal portraits and out in nature as well as in intimate interiors.

“Though active during the rise of Modernism, Bredin’s style remained consistent throughout his career,” said Louise Feder, assistant curator/interim chief curator. “Thoughtful and deliberate, he was committed to creating scenes of true beauty and elegance. His slow, painstaking process resulted in spectacular paintings that feel both grand and effortless, many of which have been in demand by collectors and institutions both during his life and after his sudden death at age 52.”

Bredin’s life, work, and career are lasting evidence of New Hope’s essential nature as an art colony. While Bredin’s formal education was complete before his first trip to Bucks County, the awards, commissions, sales, and exposure that defined Bredin’s mature career are closely linked to his position within this particular community. Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power takes a comprehensive look at Bredin’s life and career, touching on the lasting influences of his community and the creative environment for which his paintings are known depict so powerfully.

Rae Sloan Bredin: Harmony and Power is sponsored by Kathy and Ted Fernberger with additional support by the Sienkiewicz Family. The publication is supported by the Virginia B. and William D. Williams Endowment Fund. In-kind support is provided by Brilliant Graphics.

For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org

Rae Sloan Bredin (1880-1993),
After the Rain, c. 1913. Oil on canvas. 30 x 40 inches. James A. Michener Art Museum. Museum purchase funded by the Mandel Society for Art Acquisition, the Beveridge Moore and Henry Morof Trust, and John C. Seegers.