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Although he worked as the Information Man at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, Harry Horn painted as his avocation. A self-taught artist, he was highly accomplished and successful. Working in the modernist era, Horn instead pursued an impressionistic style of painting. Encouraged by Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield, whom he had met while painting, he specialized in landscapes, barns, and the historic structures of Bucks County, which he painted in oils. He later focused on subjects in Newtown, where he lived, before the commercial development of the area during the 1950s. His paintings recorded the older Newtown buildings before they were destroyed or renovated. Ironically, Horn's own stone house was incorporated into a shopping center. He also enjoyed painting the natural features of Newtown, such as the creek behind his house.
Harry Horn (1901-1982), Abandoned, n.d. Oil on canvas board. 9.5 x 11.75 inches. Bucks County Fine Art Collection. James A. Michener Art Museum archives.
Education and Training
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Teachers and Influences
As a young man in New Hope, he had the help and advice of Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield.
Connection to Bucks County
Horn was born in Bristol, grew up in New Hope, and lived in Newtown for 41 years. His interest in painting was encouraged by Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield, whom he met while on a painting excursion. Today his stone house, which backs up to Newtown Creek, is incorporated into the Sycamore Shopping Center opposite Goodnoe's restaurant. His second floor studio in a white frame carriage house survives.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield
Major Group Exhibitions
The 10th Anniversary Celebration Exhibit, Bucks County Council for the Arts, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1983
Newtown 1684-1984: 300th Anniversary, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1984
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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