Born September 9, 1880, Butler County, Pennsylvania
Died July 17, 1933, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Known for his refinement and dignity, Rae Sloan Bredin brought these qualities to his work as a portraitist and landscape painter. Unlike other New Hope impressionists, he incorporated figures into his landscapes. Bredin frequently included women and children arranged in warm, amiable groups and arrayed in delicate colors, set against a serene Delaware River Valley backdrop. Unlike his fellow New Hope impressionist painters, Bredin's settings for his paintings were often interiors. Bredin was a member of the New Hope Group of Landscape Painters who exhibited together throughout the United States for several years. One of his most ambitious undertakings was a commission for the New Jersey State Museum in 1928, to paint murals of the four seasons and the Delaware Water Gap. These murals are now exhibited in the New Jersey State House Annex.
Image: Daniel Garber, Rae Sloan Bredin, from An Exhibition in Memory of R. Sloan Bredin, Phillips Mill, 1933, courtesy James A. Michener Art Museum library