Looking at artwork closely is the first step toward exciting explorations in art! View artworks from the Bucks County region featured in the collections of the James A. Michener Art Museum and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. Learn how artworks created in the Bucks County region connect to the arts and other subjects in the U.S. and beyond.
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Charles Dudley (1881-1957) began as principal of Woodrow Wilson Middle School in 1928 with many goals in mind, one of which was to build an art collection with which no other school could compare, and…
Image credit: Katharine Steele Renninger (1925-2004), Morrell’s Spinning Wheel and Wool Winder, 1988, H. 17.625 x W. 23.625 inches, casein on linen canvas mounted on masonite, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Wesley, Sr., on the occasion of a tribute to George Ermentrout.
Edward Redfield, a famous Pennsylvania Impressionist, preferred to paint outdoors. He completed his paintings in one sitting, a process he called “at one go.” An exception happened on July 22, 1923, when the old wooden bridge across the Delaware River at Center Bridge was struck by lightening. Redfield made notes as he watched the fire, then painted the scene the next day in his studio. The following day, he painted it again. This painting was created on July 24th, his favorite of the two canvases.
Joseph Meierhans’ The Jazz Trio is an abstract Modernist painting, inspired by the improvisation and liveliness of jazz music. Meierhans often compared composing music to painting saying that a painting must “sing for the eye as much as music does for the ear.” In this work, he uses the repetition of colors, shapes and dynamic lines to lead the viewer’s eye around the painting and create a visual melody. The shapes and lines intersect and overlap to create movement and rhythm in the composition.