Albert Van Nesse Greene (American/PA, 1887-1971) Pastel on paper, depicting a hillside on a river bank. The sky's reflection in the river and the muted pastel tones in between emphasize the colors of the sky and river with human life defined in between. This charming painting anchors the gaze within the similarities between the buildings and the natural landscape. All is joined together in this harmonious natural vision between water and sky. Signed lower center. Sight: 9" H x 12.5" H. Framed: 19" H x 22" W.
CONDITION: Excellent condition. Not examined out of frame.
Provenance: Alderfer Auction, 2003. Exhibited in The Retrospective Exhibition of the Life and Work of Albert Van Nesse Greene, Historic Yellow Springs, September 11 - October 11, 1998.
Artist Bio: Albert Van Nesse Greene (American/PA, 1887-1971)
Born in Jamaica, New York in 1887 Albert Van Nesse Greene had a comprehensive art education. He studied at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, The Art Students League, New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere.
He lived in Chester County, PA from 1920 until his death in 1971 and painted many landscapes there and in nearby Bucks County. He is known for his landscapes of the scenery along the French and Pickering Creeks and the Schuylkill River. Greene was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Society of Independent Artists, the Society of American Artists, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Salons of America and was a fellow of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Greene was seriously wounded while serving as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in France during World War I. Out of gratitude for the help he received from the government after the war, Greene left the entire contents of his studio to the United States Government. In 1972 the White House curator instructed the Yellow Springs Association to auction off the estate whose proceeds were then split jointly between the two parties.
Greene's paintings are in many important private and public collections including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and Historic Yellow Springs. Considered a listed artist, he is included in the Michener Art Museum publication of Pennsylvania Impressionism (2002) and in New Hope for American Art (2005).
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Albert Van Nesse Greene, "Along the River"