What Is American About American Impressionism?

October 17, 2012
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium
This illustrated lecture will examine the confluence of French and American Impressionism, particularly the phenomenon of American artists studying and working abroad. The French Impressionist movement had barely established itself before a number of Americans in France were strongly influenced by its freshness, its technique, and especially its emphasis on plein-air painting and non-traditional subject matter. The lecture will consider some of the many Americans who learned from their French counterparts, discussing both the similarities with French Impressionism and the differences, asking the question: what is American about American Impressionism?
Lecturer David Farmer was the founding director of the Dahesh Museum of Art in 2002 after a 40-year career as a museum curator and director, including work at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the University Art Museum, Santa Barbara.
Frank W. Benson, George and Betty in a Dory (Study for Calm Morning), 1904, Oil on canvas, 24 x 19 ¾ inches, Anonymous loan
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