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April Snow (SOLD), 24.75" x 70.75"

April Snow (SOLD)

24.75" x 70.75"

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Bend In The Creek, 26.25" x 63"

Bend In The Creek

26.25" x 63"

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Bray I, 7.75" x 16.875"

Bray I

7.75" x 16.875"

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Changing Light, October, 24" x 78"

Changing Light, October

24" x 78"

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Chelsea, 6.25" x 15.75"

Chelsea

6.25" x 15.75"

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Colrain VI, 7.5" x 29.5"

Colrain VI

7.5" x 29.5"

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East From Cambria, 10" x 12"

East From Cambria

10" x 12"

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Highland IV, 6" x 15.75"

Highland IV

6" x 15.75"

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Highland V, 5" x 16"

Highland V

5" x 16"

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Ice Over Snow, 23" x 64"

Ice Over Snow

23" x 64"

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July Streambed (SOLD), 32" x 58"

July Streambed (SOLD)

32" x 58"

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Middletown I, 4.75" x 23.5"

Middletown I

4.75" x 23.5"

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North Branch, April (SOLD), 7.5" x 17.5"

North Branch, April (SOLD)

7.5" x 17.5"

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North Branch, Foundry Hill, 5.5" x 16"

North Branch, Foundry Hill

5.5" x 16"

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North Branch, October, 7" x 13.5"

North Branch, October

7" x 13.5"

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November Fog, 24" x 62"

November Fog

24" x 62"

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Oak Grove, July, 8" x 14"

Oak Grove, July

8" x 14"

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Retreating Snow (SOLD), 22" x 72"

Retreating Snow (SOLD)

22" x 72"

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Stony Creek, 27.25" x 60"

Stony Creek

27.25" x 60"

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Swoope I (SOLD), 6" x 18"

Swoope I (SOLD)

6" x 18"

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Swoope Fall I, 8" x 20.25"

Swoope Fall I

8" x 20.25"

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Swoope Snow I, 6.75" x 15.5"

Swoope Snow I

6.75" x 15.5"

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Swoope Snow II, 7.75" x 16.75"

Swoope Snow II

7.75" x 16.75"

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Swover Creek (SOLD), 28" x 39"

Swover Creek (SOLD)

28" x 39"

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Swover Creek I (SOLD), 8.75" x 12.5"

Swover Creek I (SOLD)

8.75" x 12.5"

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Swover Creek III, 6" x 16"

Swover Creek III

6" x 16"

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Two Sycamores, San Simeon, 5.5" x 18"

Two Sycamores, San Simeon

5.5" x 18"

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West Topsham (SOLD), 6.5" x 17.75"

West Topsham (SOLD)

6.5" x 17.75"

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Vermont, Late October, 5" x 17.75"

Vermont, Late October

5" x 17.75"

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April Snow (SOLD), 24.75" x 70.75"

April Snow (SOLD)

24.75" x 70.75"

Oil On Canvas

Bend In The Creek, 26.25" x 63"

Bend In The Creek

26.25" x 63"

Oil On Canvas

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Bray I, 7.75" x 16.875"

Bray I

7.75" x 16.875"

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Changing Light, October, 24" x 78"

Changing Light, October

24" x 78"

Oil On Canvas

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Chelsea, 6.25" x 15.75"

Chelsea

6.25" x 15.75"

Oil On Panel

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Colrain VI, 7.5" x 29.5"

Colrain VI

7.5" x 29.5"

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East From Cambria, 10" x 12"

East From Cambria

10" x 12"

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Highland IV, 6" x 15.75"

Highland IV

6" x 15.75"

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Highland V, 5" x 16"

Highland V

5" x 16"

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Ice Over Snow, 23" x 64"

Ice Over Snow

23" x 64"

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July Streambed (SOLD), 32" x 58"

July Streambed (SOLD)

32" x 58"

Oil On Canvas

Middletown I, 4.75" x 23.5"

Middletown I

4.75" x 23.5"

Oil On Panel

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North Branch, April (SOLD), 7.5" x 17.5"

North Branch, April (SOLD)

7.5" x 17.5"

Oil On Panel

North Branch, Foundry Hill, 5.5" x 16"

North Branch, Foundry Hill

5.5" x 16"

Oil On Panel

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North Branch, October, 7" x 13.5"

North Branch, October

7" x 13.5"

Oil On Panel

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November Fog, 24" x 62"

November Fog

24" x 62"

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Oak Grove, July, 8" x 14"

Oak Grove, July

8" x 14"

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Retreating Snow (SOLD), 22" x 72"

Retreating Snow (SOLD)

22" x 72"

Oil On Canvas

Stony Creek, 27.25" x 60"

Stony Creek

27.25" x 60"

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Swoope I (SOLD), 6" x 18"

Swoope I (SOLD)

6" x 18"

Oil On Panel

Swoope Fall I, 8" x 20.25"

Swoope Fall I

8" x 20.25"

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Swoope Snow I, 6.75" x 15.5"

Swoope Snow I

6.75" x 15.5"

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Swoope Snow II, 7.75" x 16.75"

Swoope Snow II

7.75" x 16.75"

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Swover Creek (SOLD), 28" x 39"

Swover Creek (SOLD)

28" x 39"

Oil On Canvas

Swover Creek I (SOLD), 8.75" x 12.5"

Swover Creek I (SOLD)

8.75" x 12.5"

Oil On Panel

Swover Creek III, 6" x 16"

Swover Creek III

6" x 16"

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Two Sycamores, San Simeon, 5.5" x 18"

Two Sycamores, San Simeon

5.5" x 18"

Oil On Panel

West Topsham (SOLD), 6.5" x 17.75"

West Topsham (SOLD)

6.5" x 17.75"

Oil On Panel

Vermont, Late October, 5" x 17.75"

Vermont, Late October

5" x 17.75"

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"I think many of us have had the experience of a stab of joy and longing when looking at nature; I certainly have and I’m trying to recapture those moments in my paintings...   the ever-changing subject is the great challenge of landscape painting."

 

 

Swover Creek II (Detail), 8.75" x 12.5", Oil On Panel

Swover Creek II (Detail), 8.75" x 12.5", Oil On Panel

"When painting outdoors I feel a manic urgency to absorb as much information as I can as quickly as possible — a kind of hyper-concentration — and I suppose this results in a kind of vitality in the painting.

In the studio, freshness is not a big priority for me. I think of plein air paintings as having the 'freshness of youth' while studio paintings can have a more mature kind of beauty born from slow consideration."

- Ann Lofquist

July Streambed, 32" x 58", Oil On Canvas

July Streambed, 32" x 58", Oil On Canvas

July Streambed, 32" x 58", Oil On Canvas

New England painter Ann Lofquist continues her exploration of the pastoral American landscape in a new series of large canvases. New England Life documents the very real relationship between contemporary reality and those seemingly mythical settings depicted in famous 19th-century plein air paintings by George Innes and others.

The difference made by 150 years is subtle but telling. Lofquist's fluid brushstroke depicts many of the same rivers, streams and country settings that Innes painted (most are near Lofquist’s home in Brunswick, Maine). But Lofquist’s skein of paint and omniscient viewpoint comes from abstract and action painting, and her serene settings seem believable, yet somehow unattainable. in the 21st century. More surprising, Lofquist’s scenes occasionally include a solitary person, small in scale and unobtrusively sitting or standing amidst the motif. These figures are so quiet and camouflaged they become yet another element in the complex pattern of trees, rocks and hillsides depicted.

In the quietude of these scenes, one senses that nature’s force has briefly paused. Lofquist’s depiction of calm detachment and remove from everyday cares revives and revises the American romantic tradition which seeks spiritual connection and solace from nature.

Lofquist’s painterly approach remains traditional and painstaking. She initially paints small canvases directly on-site. These plein air studies inspire Lofquist’s large studio paintings without benefit of windows for the rural vistas she details. Lofquist uses detail to describe the setting, with its specific season, mood, weather, and time of day.

In Snow over Brunswick, for example, the frozen atmosphere and remote beauty are so refined one can almost feel the bitter cold of a Northeast winter. A small Maine village nestles amidst snow-covered trees, eliciting an emotional response in the viewer through a shared folklore. For Lofquist, "these encounters with nature... strive to capture the immediacy and poignancy of the moment of discovery."

Ann Lofquist, received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University in 1990. She has received many fellowships and awards and was included in a major review of contemporary landscape painters, The Artist and the American Landscape, by John Driscoll.

 

Video


Mary Morton, curator and head of French paintings, National Gallery of Art, and Ann Lofquist, artist At the National Gallery of Art on February 23, 2020, Mary Morton is joined in conversation with artist Ann Lofquist to discuss the exhibition True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870. Singling out particular paintings from the exhibition, Lofquist describes the influence of 19th-century artists, such as Camille Corot, on her own practice of sketching in oil paint outdoors. Like these European painters who were aesthetically energized by the light of Italy, Lofquist spent several years in California after a lifetime of painting in the northeast. The conversation highlights a tradition begun in the late 18th century that extends to contemporary painting.