The magical colors of a New York sky at twilight

I haven’t been able to find out very much about Edward Willis Redfield, the Impressionist painter behind these three scenes of the city as it slips from day to night.

[“Lower New York,” 1910]


Born in 1869 in Delaware, he studied in Philadelphia and Paris during the Gilded Age and after the turn of the century gained fame for his landscapes of rural Pennsylvania and Maine.

[“Brooklyn Bridge at Night,” 1909]


Redfield spent some time in New York City around 1909. What comes across in these three paintings from his time in the city is a deep enchantment with the landscape of Lower Manhattan at twilight.


[“Between Daylight and Darkness,” undated]

His depictions of the twinkling lights of the city under the dreamy, magical colors found only at the mysterious time when evening chases away the day are beguiling.

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2 Responses to “The magical colors of a New York sky at twilight”

  1. janicefried Says:

    Of all your posts, I think my favorites are the ones about artists who depicted the city in all it’s glory and grime. I’ve learned about a lot of artists who I never heard of from your wonderful blog. Thanks!

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks! I’ve learned as well. Before the blog, I’d never heard of Redfield, or Childe Hassam, or so many of the other NYC impressionists of the turn of the century. Their work is extraordinary.

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