Charles Wilson Knapp USA

3-17-1823 Philadelphia, USA - 5-15-1900 Philadelphia, USA

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Charles Wilson Knapp was a noted landscape artist of great ability. He was born in Philadelphia in 1823 and spent most of his life in that city. He worked primarily in Pennsylvania, New York State, New Jersey, the Susquehanna River Valley, the area around the Delaware Water Gap, and the Berkshire Mountains. He especially enjoyed painting the hills and rocky valleys of the Susquehanna River area, a favorite region for generations of artists prior to Knapp and his contemporaries. While the area was becoming increasingly urbanized, Charles Wilson Knapp was one of several artists who continued to set forth on canvas the serenity and calm of the place which had initially drawn them there. These landscapes were exhibited at the National Academy of Design soon after they were completed.

Charles Wilson Knapp shows the beauty of nature in his paintings, whether in the vastness of the landscapes or in their detail. He was accomplished at achieving the effects of light and atmosphere. His work follows in the tradition of mid-19th century painting and of the Hudson River School.

The artist lived in Philadelphia for most of his career, only briefly residing in New York City between 1859 and 1861.

He first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1859, at which time his address is listed as New York City. In 1878 he exhibited two New Hampshire views at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association in Boston, many views at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and most recently his canvases of Ellsworth Brook in West Campton, NH, the Entrance to Franconia Knotch, Silver Lake near Mount Chocorua, the Peabody River in Mount Washington, Saco and Kearsarge and the White Mountains from Androscoggin Valley were listed in New Hampshire Scenery.

His paintings are in many relevant private collections. Charles Wilson Knapp is considered a leading White Mountains painter, but he spent many years in and around Philadelphia and the Susquehanna River painting landscapes from life. He also painted Narragansett Bay (RI), the Pocanos, the Catskills, the Delaware Water Gap and along the New Jersey Shore.

Movement: Hudson River School

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