Walter Elmer Schofield, McLegrenow Farm

Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Museum purchase with funds generously provided by the Margaret E. Phillips’ Walter Elmer Schofield Legacy Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, 2021
30 x 36 in.

Schofield studied the compositional methods of French art. Like Claude Monet, he based his work on direct observation of nature, but he also composed in the studio and used color to achieve structure and balance. In McLegrenow Farm, for example, the same blue of the sky in the upper left is used as the underlayer of stone elements in the lower right, thereby unifying near and far and the opposite sides of the painting. At the same time, a rich palette of purples and yellows creates an effect of dappled sunlight across the scene.

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