America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution
One of the most enduring—yet complex and even contradictory—styles of art ever produced in this country, American Impressionism captured and held public attention for more than a century. The style was appreciated for its fairy-tale views of an elegant American yesteryear, while at the same time carrying the imprimatur of Paris and reflecting the origins of modernism. Why should an artistic movement based, in large part, on the enterprise of capturing momentary visual events in paint linger so long on American palettes? This lecture explores the conditions that made the style so popular in the United States, revealing a nuanced history of art interchange in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries far more complicated than the straightforward imitation of a foreign style. Join Dr. Burdan, Curator at the Brandywine River Museum, as she discusses the works displayed in this impressive exhibit, Impressionism to Modernism: The Lenfest Collection of American Art.