Displayed at The Society of the Four Arts from February 12, 2022 through April 16, 2022.
A sweeping survey of American Impressionism, In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870–1940, presents paintings, prints, and drawings from acclaimed artists such as George Innes, Childe Hassam, Thomas Moran, John Sloan, Ernest Lawson, Daniel Garber, and Guy Carleton Wiggins, among others.
This comprehensive exhibition traces the emergence and evolution of a truly American style in 130 works by more than 75 artists. It provides a thought-provoking historical context for American Impressionism by positioning it between the Hudson River School and the modernist trends evident in later pieces on view.
In a New Light reflects the changing mindset of America from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. The exhibition concentrates on regional art colonies that were crucial to the American Impressionist movement, from the Northeast to the Midwest and the American West. A tranquil place for artists to share ideas and resources, these collaborative enclaves were often established in rural areas of great natural beauty, yet not far from growing urban centers. In a New Light explores the ways in which local artists interpreted America’s rural, maritime, and urban spaces and portray daily life using the Impressionistic devices of capturing moments with brisk brushstrokes, a vibrant palette, and atmospheric effects.
In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870– 1940 has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities program.