The Little Harbor

(1870-1937)

Size: 12 x 14 inches (30.5 x 35.6 cm)
Medium: Pastel
Signed lower right: Breckenridge
Why We Love It

This delightful pastel is a marvelous example of Breckenridge’s colorful impressionist style. He imbues the harbor scene with energy through his dynamic use of the pastel medium, employing a wide variety of strokes to create the forms. The rich coloration reveals his experimentation with post-impressionist and expressionist palettes. And despite its small size, the painting pulsates with life through Breckenridge’s masterful command of color.

The Value

Breckenridge’s importance as an artist and as a teacher makes him a key figure in early twentieth-century American art. Yet his work, like that of Arthur Carles, is still undervalued. The Little Harbor is a fine example of Breckenridge’s impressionist style before he turned his attention fully to abstraction. The work’s excellent condition and period frame make it a wonderful addition to collection of American Impressionism or early Modernism.