This fabulous winter landscape was painted by American artist Lowell Birge Harrison (1854-1929). Born in Philadelphia, Harrison began his artistic studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. On the advice of John Singer Sargent, he left for Paris in 1876 to study under Sargent’s master Emile Carolus-Duran. He also studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with Alexander Cabanel, painting figural works in the academic style of his teacher. He is best known for his pivotal role in the development of the art colony at Woodstock, New York, where he taught at the utopian art colony Byrdcliffe in 1904. In Snow Bound, he transformed a simple Woodstock snow scene into a sensitive study of color. He founded an Art Students League summer school at Woodstock in 1906 and led it until 1911. In 1909 he published his teachings in Landscape Painting, a book that became required reading for landscapists. Although he favored the evocative Tonalist style, Harrison shared with Impressionist painters an interest in light and atmosphere, and he visited their art colonies at Cos Cob, Connecticut, and New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Oil on canvas, signed lower right, titled on verso gallery label “Snow Bound, Woodstock, NY,” and housed in a fine carved decorative giltwood frame. Dimensions: 18” h x 30” w, actual; 28” h x 40” w, framed.
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