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- DescriptionAmerican Impressionism was a movement deeply rooted in the American soil. Artists often spurned the cities, living and working in the numerous art colonies that sprang up throughout the country in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One of the best kwn of these colonies formed in 1898 on the banks of the Delaware River rth of Philadelphia, centered in the picturesque village of New Hope, Bucks County. Kwn as the Pennsylvania impressionists, this group of artists played a dominant role in the American art world of the 1910s and 1920s, winning major awards and sitting on prestigious exhibition juries. Their work was celebrated for its freedom from European influence, and was praised by the ted painter and critic Guy Pene du Bois as our first truly national expression. Many of the Pennsylvania impressionists both studied and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and their stylistic roots hearkened back to the academy realism practiced by Thomas Eakins and his followers. Edward Redfield was the generally ackwledged stylistic leader of the New Hope painters; his vigorously realistic, unsentimental brand of impressionism influenced several generations of artists associated with the group. However, what most characterized Pennsylvania impressionism was t a single, unified style but rather the emergence of many mature, distinctive voices: Daniel Garber's lumius, poetic renditions of the Delaware River; Fern Coppedge's colorful village scenes; Robert Spencer's lyrical views of mills and tenements; John Folinsbee's moody, expressionistic swscapes; and William L. Lathrop's deeply felt, evocative Bucks County vistas. Pennsylvania impressionist artwork is w widely collected, and many works in private hands are shown here, as well as the holdings of the James A. Michener Museum, recognized as the most extensive public collection. Pennsylvania Impressionism explores in comprehensive and sumptuous detail this important American movement. Principally authored by the Michener's Senior Curator Brian H. Peterson, the book contains additional essays by art historians William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the City University of New York, and Sylvia Yount, Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art at the High Museum in Atlanta. Also included are biographies of more than 75 artists and extensive color reproductions of their work. Intended for both a general audience and aficionados, this book will become the principal source for information about this important branch of American impressionism. Also of Interest- Edward W. Redfield Just Values and Fine Seeing Constance Kimmerle The Cities, the Towns, the Crowds The Paintings of Robert Spencer Brian H. Peterson
- Author BiographyBrian H. Peterson is Senior Curator at the James A. Michener Art Museum and has more than twenty years of experience as a curator, critic, artist, and arts administrator in the Philadelphia area.
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication27/09/2002
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note362 color, 45 b/w illus.
- Weight2470 g
- Width241 mm
- Height305 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Edited byBrian H. Peterson
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