American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony

American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony

American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is pleased to present American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony, an exhibition featuring the stellar collection of works by American Impressionists from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania. This exhibition opens on August 12, 2017 and runs through November 12, 2017 in the Clark Gallery of IMAS.

This collection of lyrical landscapes, ranging from snow-covered hills to sun-filled harbors and seascapes, penetrating portraits, and remarkable still life paintings documents an important moment in the history of American art. It includes more than 50 works, including 40 oil paintings and almost 20 works on paper dating from the golden age of American Impressionism, the 1880s through the 1940s. A wide range of approaches to Impressionism in the earliest twentieth century is explored, including an abiding interest in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere in loosely brushed compositions.

Arranged according to the artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism around the turn of the century, this exhibition examines those at Cos Cob and Old Lyme in Connecticut; Cape Cod, Cape Anne, and Rockport, in Massachusetts; New Hope and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Taos, New Mexico. Within each of these colonies, artists were able to teach, collaborate, and escape the daily rigors of their city studios. Often located in scenic locations within striking distance of major cities, artists’ colonies served up steady doses of natural beauty and provided ample subject matter.

“The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see such a wide variety of approaches to Impressionism in America,” said Scott Schweigert, The Reading Public Museum’s Curator of Art and Civilization. “I think visitors will be delightfully surprised by the tremendous scope and depth of these works. While the exhibition includes some ‘big name’ artists; there are also some rediscoveries of lesser-known painters who also embraced elements of Impressionism.”

Leading artists of the movement include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Chauncey Ryder, Frank W. Benson, Charles Webster Hawthorne, Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield, among others. In addition, American expatriate artist Mary Cassatt will be examined. American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.


The exhibition at IMAS is made possible in part through the generosity of Kirk and Jeri Clark, Clark Chevrolet and Clark Knapp Honda.



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July 6, 2017