El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso Museum of Art, exterior view of entrance and reflecting pool, photo by Christian Chapman

El Paso, TX




American Impressionism from the El Paso Museum of Art

July 15 - September 30, 2001


The El Paso Museum of Art presents American Impressionism from the El Paso Museum of Art, an exhibition of more than 60 paintings illustrating the influence of French Impressionist masters such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre Auguste Renoir on American artists during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (left: Edmund C. Tarbell, American, 1862-1938, Interior of the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., oil on canvas, Gift of El Paso Art Museum Association, Collectors' Council Purchase, 1982.10.1)

"The El Paso Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of American Impressionism in the Southwest," remarked Museum director Becky Duval Reese. "We are pleased to present this special exhibition, the first such showing of these important holdings since the Museum opened its new downtown facility in 1998." (right: William Paxton, American, 1869-1941, The Other Room, 1916, oil on canvas, Gift of El Paso Art Museum Association, Members Guild, 1974.52.1)

The El Paso Museum of Art's collection of American Impressionism was assembled in the 1970s and 1980s and focuses primarily on the artists of Boston and New England, including such masters as Childe Hassam, William M. Paxton, Edmund C. Tarbell, and John H. Twachtman. A number of other regional schools are well represented in the Museum, particularly the art colonies of Taos and Santa Fe, with artists Fremont Ellis, Julius Rolshoven, and Joseph Henry Sharp. The exhibition also highlights the Museum's comprehensive holdings of works by George Noyes and Mabel Woodward.

"The Museum's holdings of American Impressionism are truly unique in that they include so many of the canonical artists working in the Northeast as well as those who brought the style to the Southwest and other parts of the country," added the Museum's curator Bill Thompson. (left: John J. Enneking, American, 1841-1916, Field, Brook and Stream, oil on canvas, Gift of El Paso Art Museum Association, Members Guild, 1975.24.2)

The exhibition encompasses a variety of subjects, from pastoral landscapes painted in both Europe and America, to intimate still lifes, portraits, and scenes of daily life. Like their European predecessors, many of the American Impressionists made use of luminous colors and fluid brushstrokes to capture subtle nuances of light and atmosphere.


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