New Hope auction is proud to be selling this beautiful Fern Coppedge entitled, Gloucester (lot 35), in its upcoming American Art Auction on May 5th at 2pm. This oil painting depicts a scene of boats on a serene water.
Fern Isabel Kuns was born on July 28, 1888. She visited art galleries for the first time and became interested in painting when her sister began studying watercolor. Following her marriage to Robert Coppedge and a teaching stint in Kansas, the couple moved east. She studied with Vincent DuMond and William Merritt Chase in New York at the Arts Student League, and then with John Carlson in Woodstock. In 1917, Coppedge was accepted to the annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. It was at PAFA that Coppedge studied with Daniel Garber and Henry Snell. She was a member of the Philadelphia Ten from 1922-1935. Coppedge was known to brave the elements in her bearskin coat and paint with frozen fingers- creating some of her most admired Bucks County winter scenes. Fern Coppedge died at her home in New Hope on April 12, 1951. Her paintings hang in many private collections and museums, including the James A. Michener Art Museum.