Never mind that it’s 75 degrees outside. Inside The Society of the Four Arts’ galleries, it’s the dead of winter — at least in many of the canvases in “Painting the Beautiful: The Pennsylvania Impressionist Landscape Tradition.”
The exhibition features more than 60 paintings created by a group of artists who congregated in the Delaware River valley around the town of New Hope during the early 20th century. The show was organized by the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, Penn., which holds the largest institutional repository of such works.
Charles Rosen’s The Delaware: Winter Morning at the entrance to the show sets the mood. Bare trees protrude from a snowbank edging a wide, iced-over river cooled by pale light. Edward Redfield’s The Upper Delaware gives another wintry view of the river — gray water pushing chunks of ice toward a bend overlooked by a snow-covered bluff.
Not that the artists neglected the