(New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1880 - 1933)
Jean with Doll is a beautiful portrait of the artist's daughter. Rae Sloan Bredin chose his daughter as his subject on many occasions. This particular painting was created in the early 1920s. The oil on canvas is signed at lower right: "R. S. Bredin". The painting measures 14 x 14 inches. Rae Sloan Bredin attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He settled in New Hope, north of the Rabbit Run bridge. He often used his family members as subjects in his paintings.
Rae Sloan Bredin was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania to Catherine Sloan and Stephen Lowrie Collins Bredin, a physician. He attended Pratt Institute High School in Brooklyn, and enrolled at the New York School of Fine Arts, studying with William Merritt Chase and Frank Vincent DuMond. Bredin continued his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Like fellow students Charles Rosen and Robert Spencer, Bredin eventually moved to Bucks County.
In May 1914, Bredin married Alice Rachel Price (sister of artist M. Elizabeth Price and gallery owner/author, F. Newlin Price). Charles Rosen was best man at the wedding. The couple settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania where they lived the rest of their lives.
Although Bredin received many portrait commissions, he preferred landscape and mural painting. His landscape paintings often included figures, and he preferred the lush scenes of Bucks County's spring and summer, while many of his contemporaries in the New Hope art colony were famous for their snow scenes. In 1928, Bredin was commissioned by the Trenton State Museum (now the NJ State Museum), for a series of large murals depicting landscapes filled with representative plant and animal life of New Jersey.
Bredin taught at the New York School of Fine Arts, Trenton School of Industrial Arts, Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, University of Virginia, Holmquist School for Girls in New Hope, and with William Merritt Chase at his school in Shinnecock, Long Island. Bredin regularly exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design, Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and many smaller venues across the country. He was elected associate member of the National Academy of Design in 1921, and received numerous prestigious art prizes throughout his life.
Bredin died in July 1933, following a cancer operation. He was 52.