George William Sotter 1879-1953

Bucks County Landscape

  • 17 5/8 x 22 1/2 inches (44.8 x 57.2 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right: G.W. Sotter

Why We Love It

Although Sotter is best known for his winter night scenes, he also painted subjects such as Bucks County Landscape, which captures the wide open vistas and rolling hills of this picturesque region.

The Value

Sotter’s ability to capture the very look and feel of the Bucks County landscape is what makes his paintings great, and this work is no exception.  This painting is in fine condition and would make a nice investment for a new collector.

Artist Background

1879: Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 1901: Became a partner in the studio of Horace Rudy; 1902: Studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and then studied plein air painting with Redfield; 1903: “Clouds and Sunshine” was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy’s annual exhibition; 1905-1907: Studied at the Academy with Anshutz and Chase; Married Alice E. Bennett; 1910-1919: Taught painting and design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology’s School of Fine Arts; 1915: Received a silver medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition; 1917: Won first prize at the exhibition of the Associate Artists of Pittsburgh; 1919: Moved to Holicong, Pennsylvania and established a stained-glass studio, which provided his main source of income; 1950: Solo exhibition of paintings at the Woodmere Museum; 1953: Died in his home in Holicong.

George Sotter was born in Pittsburgh in 1879. One of the early members of the New Hope art colony, Sotter first visited the area in 1898 to study with William Lathrop. He spent the following summers in Bucks County until moving there permanently in 1902, studying under Edward Redfield and Daniel Garber. That same year, he participated in the annual exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He continued his studies at the Academy under William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anshutz and Henry Keller.

In 1907, he married artist Alice E. Bennett of Pittsburgh, whom he first met at the Rudy Brothers Stained Glass Studio. On an extended wedding trip abroad, the couple studied and painted throughout Europe. For nine years, Sotter taught design and painting at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Then, in 1919, he and his wife moved permanently to a historic home, a converted 19th century stone barn, in Holicong, Bucks County.

There, in his studio, he painted landscape scenes of Bucks County and fashioned stained-glass windows that remain extant in cathedrals, churches, and monasteries throughout the country.

Sotter was especially adept at painting winter night scenes and consistently won the favorite painting ballot (cast by his artist colleagues) at the Fall exhibitions at Phillips Mill in New Hope. He exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, where he won a Silver Medal; at the National Academy of Design in 1913 and 1921; at the Pittsburgh Arts Society in 1917, where he won First Place; and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts in 1923.

George Sotter’s works can be found at the Reading Museum, State College (Pennsylvania), James A. Michener Art Museum, LaSalle University Art Museum, and The Woodmere Art Museum.