Adele Frances Bedell (1861-1957)

  • ADELE FRANCES BEDELL (1861-1957)
  • Mountain Landscape (recto)
  • Oil on panel
  • 3 7/16 x 6 1/4 inches
  • Unsigned

These works by Bedell are unique for their inclusion of paintings on both the recto and verso. Mountain Landscape depicts a trail that winds between rolling green hills, which are placed against a blue sky scattered with soft white clouds. The verso of this painting portrays the iconic neoclassical architecture of the “White City”at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The domed structure is likely the Illinois Building. Though the catalogue of art shown at the Woman’s Building does not list Bedell as an exhibitor, Bedell certainly would have visited the pavilion to support her fellow women artists. The small scale of these works, combined with their sketchy Impressionistic style, suggest that they were painted en plein air.

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