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Written and recorded by Fiona Clark in July 2015
Hello, museum-goers. My name is Fiona and I will be discussing (The) Road to Lumberville by Fern Coppedge, who was part of the New Hope Art Colony. She was the most important woman who was part of this group of artists. What time of year do you think it is in this painting?
I bet you guessed winter. Fern Coppedge loved to paint snow scenes, and she could often be seen tromping through the snow in her bearskin coat, lugging her supplies, looking for the perfect spot to paint.
See how the snow on the road is painted using very thick brushstrokes to add texture This painting technique is called impasto. When you observe (The) Road to Lumberville, what colors do you see?
The mountains are purple, the houses are red, yellow, and green, and the snow has bits of brown, red, and blue in it. Coppedge is known for her different and imaginative use of color. After looking at this work, look at other paintings in the gallery and compare their uses of color.
What do you see?