6 Bridge Street Lambertville, NJ 08530 United States 609.397.7700
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$ 24,500

"Winter Sunlight"

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed & dated on verso
Origin United States, Pennsylvania
Period 2000-2019
Materials Oil on Board
W. 12 in; H. 10 in;
W. 30.48 cm; H. 25.4 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1916
Description Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by:

Henry A. Rand (1886 - 1961)

Born in Philadelphia, Henry Rand spent most of his life at the family estate, Shadowbrook Farm, in the town of Holicong, Bucks County, footsteps from the Sotter Studio. In 1904, Rand enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under the instruction of William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anshutz, and Hugh Breckenridge. During his second year at the Academy, a still life by Rand, entitled “Purple and Gold”, was included in an important exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Club. This was accompanied by the works of his instructors, as well as paintings by legendary American painter, John Singer Sargent.

William Merritt Chase was especially critical of Rand’s experimental and unconventional approaches to conventional class problems. On several occasions, Chase admonished Rand, saying, “Young man, if you continue to paint in this vein, you’ll probably end up in jail”. Needless to say, Rand won the Thouron Prize and was awarded the Gold Medal Fellowship before leaving the Academy in 1908.

Rand was a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Academy and devoted member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club. He exhibited regularly at the Academy between 1909 and 1931 and his painting, titled “Snow Shadows”, was purchased by the institution for its permanent collection.

By 1920, Rand was living full time in Holicong at Shadowbrook Farm, which provided him with enough inspiration and idyllic subject matter to paint for the rest of his life. Rand was close friends with many of his fellow New Hope artists and would often host painting outings on the grounds of his picturesque estate. Rand made occasional painting excursions to Provincetown during his career. He never married and in addition to painting, he had great interest in graphology, the science of determining a person’s characteristics through the analysis of his or her handwriting. He authored a book on the subject in collaboration with Harvard University.

Rand exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Club (1905), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1908 prize and Gold Medal Fellowship, 1909-202, 1921 Gold Medal, 1922-31), the Phillips Mill near New Hope, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

New Hope for American Art, James Alterman
Philadelphia Sketch Club Archives, William Patterson, 2005
Henry Asbury Rand, Philadelphia Sketch Club Press Release, May 10, 1965
Styles / Movements Impressionism, New Hope School
Book References Illustrated in "The Pennsylvania Impressionists", pg. 296
Dealer Reference Number JOL05021801
Incollect Reference Number 345120
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