Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids, MI



American Impressionism from Great Lakes Museums

Continuing through August 27, 2000


American Impressionists created some of the best-loved paintings in the history of American Art. Inspired by their French predecessors, who were producing works in this new style in the 1870s and 1880s, the American artists who traveled abroad returned home with their eyes opened to the possibilities of light and color. From the 1890s until the 1930s, American painters in various regions of the country worked in an impressionist style that captured the unique beauty of the outdoors and the seasons. Whether intimate domestic scenes or views of the city and countryside, these paintings evoke America in an age of gentility and innocence. (left: William Merrit Chase, The Olive Grove, ca. 1910, oil on composition board, Terra Foundation for the Arts)

Drawn from the permanent collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and museums in the Great Lakes region, this exhibition allows visitors to discover the rich artistic heritage offered by collections in this area. The works on view may be considered as a single collection of American art available as a unique resource for those who live herein West Michigan. Summer is an ideal time to visit the museums in easy driving distance and discover the various collections in the region. (left: Frederick Carl Frieseke, Garden Mirror, c. 1912, oil on canvas, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gift of Emily J. Clark)

Paintings by William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Frederick Carl Frieseke, William Glackens, Robert Reid, and Mathias Alten are on view from the permanent collections of the Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. (right: Childe Hassam, On the Lakefront Promenade, Columbian World Exposition, 1893, oil on canvas, The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago)


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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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