Fern I. Coppedge was one of the Pennsylvania impressionist artists and part of a 20th century art movement centered around Bucks County Pennsylvania, mainly New Hope. The movement was often referred to as the “New Hope School" or the "Pennsylvania School" of landscape painting. The artists of the movement came to prominence in Bucks County after 1915, or after two popular shows, the Armory Show at New York City’s 69th Street Armory that introduced New Yorkers to modern art and the Panama Pacific International Show a World’s Fair In San Francisco.
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In the book Pennsylvania Impressionism by Brian H. Peterson there appears the following quote from Fern
People used to think me queer when I was a little girl because I saw deep purples
and reds and violets in a field of snow. I used to be hurt over it until I gave up
trying to understand people and concentrated on my love and
understanding of landscapes. Then it did not make any difference.
I love her use of color in the winter scenes. She brings an otherwise white, somewhat bland landscape to life, without it looking unreal. She captures those colors that are truly there if you only take the time to look. She also helps us see the shimmering colors and changing light, which we all too often miss as well. She captured the beauty of the area. Luckily for us, it's still just as beautiful here.
New Hope is still an artist colony and tourist area. It’s just across the river, and up a bit, from us.