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Valerie Ann Leeds, Ph.D., Guest Curator will discuss the work of George Sotter (1879-1953); the artist strongly identified with Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is best known for his magical winter nocturnes, scenes made even more enchanting by the blanket of snow that is a recurring motif in his work.
Equally evocative, however, are his tranquil marines and sunlit landscapes. Sotter was a master at rendering sweeping panoramic vistas of Bucks County’s hills, gently rolling under cumulous cloud-filled skies that create dramatic patterns of light and shadow. He was also well known for his work in stained glass. In addition to a significant investigation of Sotter’s nocturnal landscapes, Light and Shadow will present the various other types of landscape he produced throughout his career, and will introduce his work as a stained-glass artist, and examine the artistic exchange between the media in which he worked.
Chronological and geographic in scope, the exhibition will also provide a regional context for the nocturne theme—the subject with which Sotter is most often recognized—and will include nocturne subjects by many of his Bucks County artistic contemporaries as well as some from further afield.