The Arts Society Wylye Valley ~ From Paris To New York: The Story Of American Impressionism

The Arts Society Wylye Valley
From Paris To New York:
The Story of American Impressionism.
A lecture by
Bernard Allan BA (Hons) MA
The Michael Herbert Hall,
South Street, Wilton,
Wednesday 20th June 2018
11.00 a.m.
(Coffee served from 10.15 a.m.)

Only one American, Mary Cassatt, exhibited with the Impressionist group in Paris but, by the mid 1880s American Impressionism had become an important art form in the U.S., inspired by, but not imitating the French prototype.  Artists such as Childe Hassam successfully blended their academic training with the vitality of Impressionism, which they had encountered on their European travels, to produce paintings that conveyed the dynamism of the new country and its rapidly expanding cities; especially New York.  Simultaneously, painters like Theodore Robinson, who had been inspired by Monet at Giverny, based themselves in artists’ colonies on the east coast of America.  Here they found subject matter for paintings with a sense of nostalgia for a way of life that was fast disappearing as the traditional industries of fishing and agriculture were supplanted by the influx of tourists.  Meanwhile John Henry Twachtman drew on diverse influences to produce wonderfully evocative winter scenes.  Impressionism remained popular with American artists until the 1920s, although by the early 20th century the style had been supplanted in status by the new urban realists.   American Impression embraces many superb artists who are barely known on this side of the Atlantic.  This visually exciting lecture seeks to redress that situation.

The lecture will be followed by THE SUMMER PARTY.

The Arts Society Wylye Valley, founded in 1978, is a member society of The Arts Society, formerly the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, formed in 1968 by the late Patricia Fay OBE, to stimulate interest and to increase the knowledge of a wide field of fine and decorative arts subjects.