On display Jun 5, 2009 - Sep 13, 2009
Considered to be shocking and rebellious, the Impressionists painted out in the open air, and used their paints in new ways to show nuances of changing light. Explore at the Museum more than 65 Impressionist works (ca. 1880-1920) from the renowned Phillips Collection, as it tours the country.
This special show will be available by admission, plus $3.
Celebrated American artists, including John Henry Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, William Lathrop, Maurice Prendergast, Gifford Beal, and Helen Turner, applied the brighter palette and broken brushwork of French impressionism to the American landscape, focusing on views of parks and beaches as well as urban views and charming interiors. Reflecting the seasons, changing light, and optical effects, these works also relate emotional and spiritual character of the landscape.
A 192-page book with 120 color illustrations accompanies the exhibition. American Impressionists: Painters of Light and the Modern Landscape, co-published by The Phillips Collection and Rizzoli International Publications, features essays by William H. Gerdts, the leading authority on American impressionism, and Phillips exhibition curator Susan Behrends Frank. The catalog is available in the Museum Shop for $29.95, or is available in bookstores nationwide for $45. Support for the publication was provided by Furthermore, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.
This exhibition has been organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. The exhibition and national tour are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Masterpieces program.
Images from the Exhibition
Spring Night, Harlem River
Lilian Westcott Hale
John H. Twachtman
Washington Arch, Spring