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Rae Bredin

 (1881 - 1933)
Rae Sloan Bredin was active/lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey / France.  Rae Bredin is known for portrait, landscape and figure painting, murals.

Rae Bredin

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Co-founder of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and the New York School of Fine Arts, Rae Bredin was a Pennsylvania by birth and remained there most of his life.  He was known for his landscape and portrait paintings and especially for his association with the New Hope Impressionist painters, an area he first visited in 1909. (In 1915, the artist and critic Guy Péne du Bois had characterized Pennsylvania Impressionist painting as America's "first truly national expression").

Bredin was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, to paint a portrait of Dr. Seneca Egbert, professor of hygiene at the medical school there.  He taught at the Chase School of Fine Art, Shinnecock, Long Island, New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the University of Virginia, Charlottesville; and the School of Design for Women, Philadelphia, where he trained, and no doubt influenced, the young women students who went on to form "The Philadelphia Ten," in order to gain more equality of exhibition opportunities early in the 20th Century. "The Ten" would exhibit from 1917-1945, with an evolving roster of women artists.

Bredin is represented in collections within Bucks County, in private collections of American Art, and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.  He exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; and the National Academy of Design, New York City.

Reproductions of Rae Sloan Bredin's oil painting, Artist's Family on a Park Bench, are extremely popular today because of the gentle emotions and attractive color used in his depiction of a mother with her two young daughters seated before a background rich in roses.

The book, The Pennsylvania School of Landscape Painting: An Original American Impressionism,with essays by Tom Falk, was written to accompany the exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania, in 1984.  A major reference work with five hundred fifty-four pages, it includes reproductions, biographies and bibliographies of Rae Sloan Bredin and other New Hope Impressionists Walter Baum, Morgan Colt, John F. Folinsbee, Daniel Garber, William L. Lathrop, Edward W. Redfield, Charles Rosen, Walter E. Schofield, Henry B. Snell, Robert Spencer and John H. Twachtman.

An exhibition in 1997 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, "An American Tradition: The Pennsylvania Impressionists", included the work of Rae Sloan Bredin, with that of Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, John Fulton Folinsbee, Walter Elmer Schofield, William Langson Lathrop, Fern Isabel Coppedge, Walter Emerson Baum and Clarence Johnson.  The show originated in 1996 at Beacon Hill Fine Arts, New York City.  It later traveled to four venues: the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut; the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Gibbes Museum of Art; and Woodmere Art Museum.

Rae Sloan Bredin's work was included in the 2001 exhibition, "Up the River: Pennsylvania Impressionists and Modernists", at The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrenceville, New Jersey.  The show featured sixty-five landscapes by Impressionists and early modernists of New Jersey's New Hope School, including Walter E. Baum, Fern Coppedge, Daniel Garber and Harry Leith-Ross, from the collection of Jim Alterman.  A catalogue, with an essay by Brian Peterson, accompanied the exhibition.

Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art

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Rae Bredin was born in Butler, Pennsylvania in 1881.  After graduation from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1898, he attended the New York School of Art from 1900 to 1903, where he studied under William Merritt Chase and Frank Du Mond.

Bredin and his wife spent the summer of 1914 in France and Italy before moving to New Hope, PA that fall.  He became a noted portraitist and landscape painter, and is today considered a major figure of the New Hope School of American Impressionism.

In 1918, Bredin returned to France and served in the French "Foyer du Soldaf", a social service of the French Army, until 1919.  In 1929, he returned to France again on a portrait commission for Swarthmore College.

Bredin has taught at both the New York School of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College).  His paintings are in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; National Arts Club, New York City; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; Philadelphia Art Club; and Salmagundi Club, New York City.

The artist was awarded the Hallgarten Prize, National Academy, New York City (1911); Bronze Medal, Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA (1915); Maynard Portrait Prize, National Academy (1921); Vezin Prize, Salmangundi Club (1921); and the Tallcott Prize, National Arts Club, New York City (1928).

Upon his death in 1933, Bredin was given a memorial exhibition at Phillips Mill, New Hope.

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About  Rae Bredin

Born:  1881 - Butler, Pennsylvania
Died:   1933 - New Hope, Pennsylvania
Known for:  portrait, landscape and figure painting, murals

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915