Impressionism, originating in France in the 1870s, is characterized by the use of vivid juxtaposed colors, applied in patterns of tactile brush strokes. Emerging from the practice of sketching outdoors with an extensive array of bright, portable, premixed paints, this style lent itself to the necessity of rapidly capturing the fleeting effects of sunlight on landscapes and figural subjects.
When American painters adopted this style, their challenge was to apply it to the rustic scenery of the New World with its white clapboard structures reflecting clear native sunlight. The most successful of these impressionists distinguished themselves by the uniqueness of their individual approaches to subject matter, color palette and technique.
John Twachtman's variations of his house, with scumbled patches of soft, blended shades; Theodore Robinson's angular hillsides, picked out in pink and green faceted strokes; and Childe Hassam's picturesque narratives, stitched in pure hues, are all immediately recognizable as emblematic of their work. Other artists whose paintings embody the union of these qualities are Soren Emil Carlsen, Charles H. Davis, Willard Metcalf, and Dwight Tryon.
Currently we have available:
Sören Emil Carlsen (American, born Danish 1853-1932)
Afternoon Landscape, circa 1907
On the Lagoon, Venice, circa 1910
Roses and Oriental Porcelain, circa 1895
Spring Landscape, circa 1910
Still Life with Tea Kettle and Radishes, circa 1915
Colin Campbell Cooper (American 1856-1937)
A View of Washington Square Park, circa 1910
Leon Kroll (American 1884-1974)
Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester, 1912
Max Kuehne (American 1880-1968)
Rock Neck Hill, East Gloucester, 1925
Harry Leith-Ross (American 1886-1973)
Sunlight on Snow, circa 1927
Henri Martin (French 1860-1943)
Boats in the Port of Collioure, circa 1923-1930
Edward Potthast (American 1857-1927)
The Maroon Hat, circa 1922