Wonders of Impressionist and Modern Art in America and Europe
As the impact of Impressionism spread, artists like Frederick Carl Frieseke put a uniquely American spin on the movement’s tenets. At the same time, other artists spring boarded into a new modernism.
Impressionism spread throughout the U.S. finding fertile ground in California. Although Giverny in France would give rise to a style fascinated by nature, only in California could it take root in such spectacular fashion to form a style filled with light and nature. With its dramatic coastline, its majestic mountains, dense forests, deep canyons, and everything in between, California could provide artists an endless source of inspiration. Artists include Colin Campbell Cooper, Joseph Kleitsch, Edgar Alwin Payne, and William Wendt.
Other American artists like Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, or Charles Russell put up new visions of the nation that challenged our conception of its landscape or its citizens.
From the representational modernism in John Singer Sargent to the surrealism of Salvador Dalí, these artists pushed our understanding of art and the boundaries of what was possible to achieve on a canvas.
Other artists synthesized both the representational and the abstract within their canvases including Henri Matisse and John Marin, the former one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and the latter voted the greatest painter in the United States in 1948.
Aesthetically beautiful and brimming with artistic theory, the artworks in this exhibition highlight the outstanding reach of artists now considered monumental figures in art history.