John Wells James 1873-1951

Spring Landscape

  • 36 x 42 1/4 inches (91.4 x 107.3 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed and dated lower left: John Wells James / 1921
  • 1921

Why We Love It

James painted this large springtime landscape in the light and airy pastel colors of the season. The subject is rendered in the loose style of the Pennsylvania Impressionists using bold swirling brushstrokes with thick dabs of paint.  This delicate pastoral scene would make a lovely addition to any collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism.

The Value

This New Hope scene makes a delightful addition to any collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism or American Impressionism in general.  James is not as well known as some of the other Pennsylvania Impressionists, making his work more affordable yet no less noteworthy and beautiful.

Artist Background

1873: Born in Brooklyn, New York; 1884: Began earning a living as an office boy; 1887: Entered the wholesale drug business and eventually became president of Towns & James; 1908: Married Louise Buttrick; 1950: Retired in the spring at the age of 77; had his first one-man exhibition at the Salmagundi Club; 1951: Died on April 3 in Magagnosc, Alpes Maritimes, France.