One thinks of night scenes as being monochromatic, relying heavily on dark blue tones. Breckenridge’s hauntingly lovely “Moon Shadows” is a quiet riot of color. Lavenders, pinks and yellows all figure prominently and yet the artist convinces us that it is the middle of a summer night. Only Breckenridge could manage this sleight of hand (or brush).
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. Moon Shadows is a fine example of Breckenridge’s mature style right before he turned his attention fully to abstraction. The work’s perfect condition and original frame make it a wonderful addition to collection of American Impressionism or early Modernism.