Fern Isabel Coppedge 1883-1951

Cobb’s Creek Winter

  • 20 x 18 inches (50.8 x 45.7 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right: Fern I Coppedge.

Why We Love It

Coppedge was best known for her snow scenes of New Hope, Pennsylvania, painted with a distinctive and unusually vibrant palette.  Though this painting depicts a winter scene, Coppedge imbues the picture with an incredible sense of warmth through her intense use of orange, purple, and turquoise. While these colors may be hardly naturalistic, Coppedge captured the dazzling effect of the brilliant winter sun striking the pure white snow in this marvelous New Hope scene.

The Value

Many of the Pennsylvania (or New Hope School) artists ran up in value so quickly in the last ten years that they outpaced the market. In general, their prices have now flattened out a bit while the rest of the market catches up. That being said, great examples from this school are still in strong demand. Fern Isabel Coppedge, being the only woman painter on the group to receive national recognition during her own lifetime, is especially sought after.

Artist Background

1883: Born in Decatur, Illinois; 1908-10: Attended Art Institute of Chicago; 1911-1916: Moved to New York City and attended Art Students League. Also attended the Art Students League summer school in Woodstock, New York. Studied with WIlliam Merritt Chase, Frank DuMond, and John Carlson; 1918-19: Moved to Philadelphia and attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Also studied privately with Henry B. Snell. 1919: Started exhibiting with the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists working in Philadelphia; 1920: Moved to Lumberville, Pennsylvania, where she purchased a home near Daniel Garber’s residence; 1926: Traveled to Italy; 1920s-30s: Arrived at the mature painting style, influenced by the Fauves, that defined her best known work; 1951: Died at home.