Break­ing All Bounds

Women artists take cen­ter stage at Hawthorne Fine Art’s fall ex­hibit and sale

American Fine Art Magazine - - Gallery Preview: New York, Ny -

In the 19th cen­tury, for­mal artis­tic train­ing was mainly re­served for men. Some te­na­cious women, how­ever, pushed their way into the sphere of aca­demic art.these women are the fo­cus of a new ex­hi­bi­tion and sale at Hawthorne Fine Art, Break­ing All Bounds: Amer­i­can Women Artists (1819-1945).

“I have a long­stand­ing in­ter­est in bring­ing these women for­ward,” says Jen­nifer C. Krieger, man­ag­ing part­ner at Hawthorne Fine Art.“last year, we fo­cused on ear­lier work, and this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion is mainly artists work­ing in the later 19th cen­tury and early 20th cen­tury. Re­cently we were for­tu­nate to ac­quire a group of paint­ings by all women artists.” In to­tal, the ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture be­tween 60 and 65 works from women artists of var­i­ous renown.

Krieger says,“most peo­ple know Jane Peter­son.we want to high­light artists whether they are fa­mous now, or de­serve to be in the fu­ture.”

Known for her scenes of do­mes­tic life that of­ten featured moth­ers and their chil­dren, Maria R. Dixon ex­hib­ited in the “Women’s Pav­il­ion” at the Cen­ten­nial Ex­hi­bi­tion in Philadel­phia in 1876. A Quiet Mo­ment, com­pleted a year be­fore her death, fea­tures her daugh­ter Til­lie as a model. With her de­tailed de­pic­tions of na­ture, Fidelia Bridges was notably the first and only mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Wa­ter­color So­ci­ety. Or­phaned at age 15, Bridges found work as a nanny be­fore en­rolling in the Penn­syl­va­nia Academy of Fine Arts, and she even­tu­ally set­tled in Philadel­phia af­ter study­ing fur­ther of study of paint­ing in Italy. Her work ap­peared as greet­ing cards and were pub­lished in Scrib­ner’s Monthly and var­i­ous books. Her Birds in a Marsh­land Land­scape is featured in the Hawthorne ex­hi­bi­tion.

Hortense Ferne’s cityscape Ac­tiv­ity, NYC, show­cases the quickly mod­ern­iz­ing city of 1935, one of her fre­quent sub­jects, in an im­pres­sion­ist style. In it, steam­boats puff in the har­bor, their smoke ob­scur­ing Man­hat­tan’s grow­ing sky­line.

Other artists featured in Break­ing All Bounds in­clude John Singer Sar­gent’s fourth cousin Mar­garett Sar­gent,anna Clay­poole Peale, Caro­line Lord, Susie M. Barstow and more.the ex­hi­bi­tion opens Novem­ber 1 and re­mains on view through Jan­uary 11, 2019.

Caro­line Lord (1860-1927), Along the River Bank, 1918. Oil on can­vas, 16 x 22 in., signed and dated 1918 lower right.

Maria R. Dixon (1849-1897), A Quiet Mo­ment, 1896. Oil on can­vas, 26 x 13 in., signed lower left: ‘M. R. Dixon’.

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