Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925Jessie Goodwin Preston, Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, oil painting on board, 1925

Jessie Goodwin Preston (1879-1973), American
Winter Landscape with Farmhouse, 1925
oil on board, 12 in. x 16 in.
(framed dimensions: 18 in. x 22 in.)
signed lower left: “Jessie Goodwin Preston”

A beautiful, Impressionistic painting of a winter scene in New England, probably Connecticut. The artist’s vantage point is in a hollow, looking up a gentle rise toward a hilltop farmstead rendered in warm reds and cool purples. In the foreground two apple trees stand as silent sentinels, their low meandering branches casting bluish violet shadows on the brilliant white snow. The multidirectional brushwork is quite nice and expressive. The painting is accompanied by an attached partial exhibition label from The Springfield Art League Sixth Annual Exhibition which was held in March 1925.

Jessie Spencer Goodwin was born in East Hartford, Connecticut, spending most of her life living and working in that city, for decades at her listed address of 984 Main Street. She graduated from the Hartford Public High School, and in 1912 married Harold Preston, an entomologist from Melrose, Massachusetts. She studied under the painters William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri and W. Griffith. Goodwin Preston was one of the founding members, and at one time president of, the Society of Women Painters and Sculptors of Hartford which later became the organization known today as the Connecticut Women Artists, holding its first, groundbreaking, exhibition in 1929. The Society had been organized to create opportunities for women to professionally display their work at a time when they were routinely shut out of exhibitions by Hartford’s male-dominated arts community.

Some of Goodwin Preston’s known exhibitions include the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (1924), the Springfield Art League (1925), the Gloucester Society of Artists (1927, the Boston Globe commented that her painting “ ‘Apple Blossoms’ is well done”) and the Salons of America (1929).

She was a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Hartford Society of Woman Painters, the North Shore Art Association, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club and the Springfield Art League.

Condition:

The painting is in excellent condition. The support is stable and unwarped. The paint is clean with good colors and is unvarnished with a dry, matte surface. There is no craquelure present and no paint loss or inpainting. The newer frame, which is likewise in excellent condition, is a fine, molded and gilt model with ½ inch linen liner. The partial paper exhibition label from 1925 is attached to the rear of the painting inside protective plastic sleeve.

ITEM ID
JQ-P17
STYLE
American Impressionism, American Impressionist, Landscape
AGE
Early 20th Century
THEME
Americana
COLOR
Blue, Cream, Purple, Red, White
MEDIA
Oil Paint
GENRE
American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
ORIGIN
United States • American
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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