American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony

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Edward Willis Redfield (American, 1869-1965), Winter in the Valley, c.1920s, oil on canvas

March 9-April 24, 2016

  Opening Reception March 20 | 3:30 – 5:00pm |

This comprehensive exhibition features, for the first time, one of the Reading Public Museum’s greatest strengths—its collection of works by American Impressionists. The exhibition includes 50 oil paintings and nearly 20 works on paper dating from the 1880s through the 1940s. Outstanding landscapes—ranging from snow covered hills to sun filled harbors—seascapes, penetrating portraits, and remarkable still lifes, imbued with rich textures, reveal the artists’ interest in capturing effects of light and atmosphere in their work.

The exhibition is arranged according to the artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism, including those at Cos Cob and Old Lyme in Connecticut; Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Rockport, in Massachusetts; New Hope and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; Taos, New Mexico; and California. In addition, American expatriate artists such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent are examined.

“American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”
was organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Helena Foundation.