Chadds Ford, PA
Art critic Christian Brinton cautioned in 1916: “It must not be assumed that American Impressionism and French Impressionism are identical. The American painter accepted the spirit, not the letter of the new doctrine.” One hundred years later, Brinton’s words still ring true. From the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, French Impressionism provided a jumping off point for American artists yearning to break free from the academic system and join the modern movement. American artists created a beautiful yet divergent interpretation of the French style that focused heavily on nostalgic landscapes. This exhibition will feature major works by Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, William Merritt Chase and others who adapted the Impressionist style into a meaningful expression of American values and aesthetics.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
Whether or not you go, Childe Hassam: Impressionist celebrates and illuminates Childe Hassam's impressive career as one of America's foremost Impressionists.
No other American Impressionist ever surpassed the quality and variety of Hassam's output as a painter and draftsman. Equally talented in oils, watercolors, and prints, he explored rain-swept city scenes, glorious gardens, exquisite women, and stirring flag-lined streets. Many of these irresistible pictures are hidden in private collections and are rarely, if ever, accessible to the public; others are on view at major museums across the country, from the Metropolitan Museum to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
By approaching Childe Hassam (1859-1935) from different angles, the three authors reveal this multitalented artist's many facets and uncover previously unknown aspects of his life and work. The authoritative essays are illustrated with a brilliant array of color illustrations that represent all of Hassam's styles, from Barbizon-inspired Tonalism to Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. The book concludes with an invaluable illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography.