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Steamboat Landing

Period 1920-1949
Materials oil on canvas
W. 24 in; H. 30 in;
W. 60.96 cm; H. 76.2 cm;
Creation Date 1929-30
Description Signed lower left. Complemented by a hand carved and gilt frame.

Charles Rosen (1878-1950)

Charles Rosen was born on April 28, 1878, in Reagantown, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. At age sixteen, he opened up a photographic studio. He quickly lost interest when most of his clients only wanted post-mortem photos of deceased relatives. In 1898 he went to New York City to enter classes at the National Academy of Design, where he studied with Francis Coates Jones. Shortly after, Rosen enrolled at the New York School of Art where he studied with William Merritt Chase and Frank Vincent DuMond. During this time, Rosen became friendly with Robert Spencer and Rae Sloan Bredin. Soon all three would move to Bucks County. In 1903 Rosen married Mildred Holden and moved to the New Hope area renting a place to live from William Lathrop at the Phillips Mill complex. A lasting friendship with Lathrop resulted.

Like his contemporaries Redfield and Schofield, Rosen painted large plein­ air canvases with thick impasto and bold brushstrokes of the scenic the Delaware River and the surrounding landsape. Rosen was able to accurately portray the atmospheric mood of his subject, whether it be snow covered vistas or the morning’s autumn haze. These impressionist works were regarded as masterpieces and won many awards, including two Hallgarten prizes from the National Academy of Design in 1910 and 1912, as well as the Altman prize and the Inness Gold Medal in 1916. Rosen also won a Silver Medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915.

By 1916, Rosen had determined that he was no longer satisfied with his Impressionist style. Before 1920, he began to paint in a Cubist-Realist style, abandoning Impressionism. In 1918 he became an instructor at the Art Students League Summer School in Woodstock, New York. He moved permanently to Woodstock in 1920, where he became closely associated with George Bellows, Eugene Speicher, Henry Lee McFee and Andrew Dasburg. By the mid twenties, Rosen was creating paintings only in the modernist style, most being landscapes and industrial scenes, as well as the occasional still life. Beginning in 1922, Rosen conducted a painting school for several seasons with McFee and Dasburg. Charles Rosen died at Woodstock in 1950.

He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, (1926 Gold Medal) the National Academy of Design, the Salmagundi Club(1915 prize), the Carnegie Institute(1914 prize), the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the City Art Museum in St. Louis, the Salons of America, and the Whitney Museum of American, Art among others.

- American Impressionism: The New Hope Circle, Sam Hunter, Fort Lauderdale, 1984
-Charles Rosen: The Pennsylvania Years(1903-1920), Thomas Folk, 1983
Styles / Movements New Hope School
Book References Illustrated in "New Hope for American Art" and "Charles Rosen: Form Radiating Life".
Incollect Reference Number 181386
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