Movements: American Impressionism

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The Movements

Impressionism is the style that was characterized by using loose brushwork and vivid colors, which was practiced widely among American artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Impressionism emerged as an artistic style in France in the 1860s. Major exhibitions of French impressionist movements works in Boston and New York in the 1880s introduced the style to the American public. Some of the first American artists to paint in an impressionistic mode, such as Theodore Robinson, did so in the late 1880s after visiting France and meeting with artists such as Claude Monet. Others, such as Childe Hassam, took notice of the increasing numbers of French impressionist works at American exhibitions.

The 1890's

From the 1890s through the 1910s, the American impressionism movements flourished in art colonies—loosely affiliated groups of artists who lived and worked together and shared a common aesthetic vision. Art colonies tended to form in small towns that provided affordable living, abundant scenery for painting, and relatively easy access to large cities where artists could sell their work. Some of the most important American impressionist artists gathered at Cos Cob and Old Lyme, Connecticut, both on Long Island Sound; New Hope, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River; and Brown County, Indiana. They also thrived in California at Carmel and Laguna Beach; in New York on eastern Long Island at Shinnecock, largely due to the influence of William Merritt Chase; and in Boston where Edmund Charles Tarbell and Frank Weston Benson became important practitioners of the impressionist style.

Book Review

Here is a great book that I found about American Impressionism Movements concentrating on the work by Childe Hassam. It's called Childe Hassam, American Impressionist (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series) by H. Barbara Weinberg.(When you click on the text link it takes you to Amazon where you can find out more...) I also found this indepth review by "Danno," enjoy!

Review by "Danno:"

My feelings about this book mirror the feelings I had when I attended the exhibition this catalogue is drawn from. I had the pleasure of seeing the Childe Hassam retrospective in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004; it was one of the few times that I have seen total strangers turn to one another at an exhibition this size and speak with each other about their mutual amazement for the artist's technique. I knew a bit about Impressionism, and a bit about American artists such as Whistler and Cassatt who were influenced by Impressionism. But I didn't know anything about Hassam. Who was this wonderful artist and why didn't my college courses in modern art teach me about him and the movements?

I wanted to learn as much as I could, and this book provided me with the answers to both questions. Childe Hassam was the essential link between the Impressionism of Paris and later American descendants of the genre. He was a proud and gifted man who, like most giants, contained giant-sized paradoxes. He steadfastly denied the influence of Monet while clearly celebrating that influence in his cityscapes. He championed the spirit of the growing spirit of New York City while denying its increasingly immigrant population. In the end, like so many greats, he was an anachronism and ignored by the younger avant-garde. After reading and rereading this immensively informative book, I had a good idea of both who Hassam was and why modern art scholars have trouble with his standing among his peers. He's a complicated person, but aren't all great artists?

The illustrations in this book, as you'd expect, are not only first rate but complete. We are treated not only to full-page accurately colored reproductions but also to many enlarged details of the same paintings. All the paintings from the exhibition along with many that were notare reproduced here,and several paintings by Monet and Degas are included for comparisons. The writing style is largely academic, but I think most of this book would be accessible to anyone who loves to read and isn't easily discouraged by long blocks of text. This isn't an oversized picture book, but an indepth examination of Hassam that places him in the context of the early 20th Century.

If you enjoy Impressionism and the roots of modern art, and you have a penchant for learning all you can about some of the relatively forgotten figures from that time, you will not only add this book to your collection but cherish it.

Some American Artists.

William Merritt Chase, Edmund Charles Tarbell, Frank Weston Benson.

Collectable Posters.....

Here are some grat posters by Frank Weston Benson. If you click on the text link it will take you to Allposters where you can see them in a larger size and also framed on a wall in different settings; in the living room, bedroom and even in the bathroom....Isn't technology amazing?

My Daughter Elizabeth
'My Daughter Elizabeth'

Calm Morning
'Calm Morning.'

The Silver Screen
'The Silver Screen.'

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