This bright little landscape study is a wonderful example of Breckenridge’s loose impressionist style. The subject is almost abstracted as the picture is made up of a swirling mass of juicy brushstrokes, laid down directly on the board without any blending or fussing around. Most likely executed in a single sitting, this piece provides a fascinating glimpse into this artist’s unique way of seeing.
Hugh Henry Breckenridge was not only an important and influential painter. Along with Arthur Carles and Henry McCarter, he developed the modernist curriculum at PAFA and was a beloved and respected teacher at that institution for many years. This small study is in beautiful condition and is in an elegant period frame.