Bucks County, PA - 1889 was the year painter William Lathrop came to Bucks County and founded an artist colony that would later be known as the New Hope School of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Bucks County, its inimitable light qualities and spirited scenery of all seasons attracted artists from far and wide. Painters like Henry Snell, Edward Redfield , Daniel Garber, George Sotter, John Folinsbee, Harry Leith-Ross, Antonio Martino, Fern Coppedge, Rae Sloan Bredin, Kenneth Nunamaker, Walter Baum and many more came to paint, to settle, and to contribute their magic to the evolution of Bucks County’s thriving artistic and intellectual culture that remains vibrant to this day.
“The Beauty of Bucks County”, an exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism, was inspired by preservation efforts of the land, the history, and the cultural heritage of Bucks County.
One local organization’s dedication to the protection of significant open spaces, natural resources, and our historic heritage has resulted in the preservation of nearly 15,000 acres of open space, farmland, wildlife habitat, and important watershed areas in Bucks and Montgomery counties. It seemed like a natural choice to partner with Heritage Conservancy in this special exhibition and dedicate a portion of the proceeds to their mission.
After all, it was the abundance of open space, the brightly colored barns and houses, the bucolic scenery, and endless vistas that caught the attention and inspired so many artists to come to Bucks County in the first place.
To accompany this very important exhibition, Gratz Gallery is proud to introduce the publication of “Artists of Bucks County Timeline – Early Impressionist Period”. This poster sized historic timeline records the arrival dates of the early and most influential Pennsylvania Impressionists to Bucks County, following the arrival of William Lathrop in 1889. This testimonial timeline was created by Gratz Gallery to share with the community of art and history enthusiasts, and to contribute to the preservation of Bucks County’s cultural heritage.