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Spring in Pennsylvania Drawing from our collection of works on paper, we invite you on a virtual journey through Pennsylvania in Spring.

The four seasons and the transformation of our natural world have captured the fascination of artists for centuries. The "cycle of life" and "change" are popular metaphors for landscape painters, printmakers and photographers alike, and in the season of spring, especially, we are reminded of growth and new beginnings.

Field at Springtime, n.d., by Malcolm Parcell (1897-1987): Looking at Parcell's Field at Springtime, this small black and white etching doesn't exactly say "spring" does it? We usually associate spring with beautiful lush colors and flowers and blossoms. So how do we know, besides the title, this is actually springtime? Notice the smaller tree in the lower right, there is new growth sprouting from where last year's branches were lopped off. There are branches still lying on the ground, and the dog looks as if he's surveying the fields for the first time since winter. The two men seem to be getting tools out of an underground shed. The fields have yet to be tended and tilled and planted.
Top Left: Reynolds Beal (1867-1951), Milford, Pennsylvania, 1919, Watercolor on paper. Top Middle: Johanna Knowles Woodwell Hailman (1871-1958), Pittsburgh River Scene, 1929, Gouache and pastel on paper. Top Right: Raymond L. DeFazio (b.1936), Ohio River Blvd., n.d., Serigraph on paper. Bottom Left: Emil Bott (1827-1908), Pittsburgh, PA, 1851 Lithograph on paper. Bottom Right: Henry Koerner, View of Greensburg, 1968, Watercolor on paper.
Woods in Spring, n.d., by Charles Linford (1846-1897): Linford was born in Pittsburgh and was a student of George Hetzel. He is credited with being the first artist to discover the possibilities for sketching nature at Scalp Level, a favorite retreat for local artists seeking to escape industrialized Pittsburgh. He favored birch trees in his compositions, drawing from the great stands of birch trees which no longer dot the landscape of Southwestern Pennsylvania. A follower of the French Barbizon painter, Camille Corot, Linford was a close observer of nature in intimate settings. The composition of Woods in Spring positions the viewer deep within the forested interior, and the dappled sunlight leads an exit path to the pasture beyond.
Top Left: Mary Martha Himler (1889-1982), Sunset Glow, 1945, Watercolor on paper. Top Right: (Gottlieb Daniel) Paul Weber (1823-1916), Bridge over the Schuylkill, c. 1860, Watercolor on paper. Bottom Left: Henry Koerner, View of the Railroad Station, Greensburg, PA, c. 1985, Watercolor on paper. Bottom Right: Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), Horseshoe Curve, 1919, Etching on paper.
Spring Landscape with Stream, c. 1925, by Albert Francis King (1854-1945): King was born in Pittsburgh and is primarily known for his tromp l'oeil still-life paintings of fruit, vegetables, fish and kitchen cutlery. He also painted landscapes in a Hudson River style, possibly at the small town of Scalp Level, a suburb of Johnstown, in southwest Pennsylvania. Spring Landscape with Stream, is painted with watercolor and gouache (similar to opaque watercolor paint), which gives this small landscape a personal touch, because King would have painted this outside, in the landscape, not in his studio working on perfected oil paintings. This is a snapshot of the landscape as the artist saw it.
Top Left: Rachel McClelland Sutton (1887-1982), Landscape with Trees and House, n.d. Watercolor on paper. Top Middle: W.G. Jackman, Engraver Braddock’s Fields, n.d. Engraving on paper. Top Right: Wilfred A. Readio (1895-1961), Klinger’s Barn, n.d. Watercolor on paper. Bottom Left: Norwood Hodge MacGilvary (1874-1949), Pittsburgh, 1928, Watercolor on paper. Bottom Right: Alfred Bryan Wall (1861-1935), Farmer with Wheelbarrow, n.d., Pastel on paper.
Donald M. Robinson, Spring Wildflowers, Ligonier, 1997, Digital photograph on paper, 12 x 18 inches, Gift of the Artist in memory of Charlotte Bailey, 2000.25.A.