March 12 - april 16, 2019
We are pleased to present an exhibition of “American Impressionism.” This is a term that describes both a style of art and a period in history. In the late 19th century, American artists were drawn to Paris to study painting. The impulse to travel to that city was due to a group of rebel painters that the French press disliked, whose works were considered “impressions” rather than finished paintings. These artists, notably Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Pierre Renoir, were recognized in the early 1870s, and continued to show their revolutionary work over the next decade. The Americans flocked to Paris in the 1880s and 90s to see this “new painting,” as it was described by the noted critic, Edmund Duranty. Painters like Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and countless more witnessed a new style and concept in art: broadly brushed, multi-hued, depictions of landscapes and figures that were more interested in color and the effects of light than the subject matter of the canvas, which now focused on visions of contemporary life and common events rather than classical antiquity or history of the prior generation. We are pleased to show a few fine examples of these Americans and demonstrate the variety of their response to this new art. The “American Impressionism” show will be open from March 12th – April 16th, and will feature works by Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, and more.