Charles Wilson Knapp Biography | Oil Paintings
3-17-1823 Philadelphia, USA - 5-15-1900 Philadelphia, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Charles Wilson Knapp sketched and painted in Pennsylvania, New York State, New Jersey, the Delaware Water Gap, and the Berkshire Mountains, but his favorite was painting the hills and rocky valleys of the Susquehanna River Valley area, a favored region for generations of artists before Knapp and his contemporaries. While the area was becoming noticeably urbanized, Charles Wilson Knapp was one of the several artists who continued to paint the peacefulness and quiet of the place which had drawn them there in the first place.
Charles Wilson Knapp shows the magnificence of nature in his oil 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-nineteenth century painting and of the Hudson River School, but a bit lighter in the palette, moving closer to Luminism.
The artist lived in Philadelphia for most of his career, only residing in New York City between 1859 and 1861. He first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1859, and had exhibits in Boston, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
His paintings are in many important private collections, Charles Wilson Knapp is considered a leading White Mountains landscape artist of great talent.
Art Movement: Hudson River School, Luminism.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.