American Impressions: Selections from the National Academy Museum
February 28, 2009 — June 28, 2009
Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery
This exhibition, from the National Academy Museum in New York, features American paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that were created in response to the development of Impressionism in France beginning in the 1860s. From unique effects of light and atmosphere to brilliance and immediacy of color to informal composition, these works illustrate the full range of Impressionist qualities that captivated artists and audiences during the period, as they still do today.
Over the course of nearly two centuries, the National Academy has assembled one of the largest and most significant collections of American art in the country. Many works have been donated by the artists themselves as their diploma presentations, a requirement of election as a National Academician. While the exhibition focuses on one of the National Academy’s great strengths, it also gives us the opportunity to showcase some of Reynolda’s Impressionist masterpieces – works by Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, William Glackens, and a loaned work by John Singer Sargent.
The exhibition is organized by the National Academy Museum, New York.