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‘Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens’ now on view at Asheville Art Museum
Leon-Augustin Lhermitte, The Baby’s Hour, 1983, oil on canvas, 26 × 31 ½ inches. Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA, Gift, Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen. ASHEVILLE, NC.- Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens—drawn mostly from the collection of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA—explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. The show examines the relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. The exhibition is on view in the Museum’s Appleby Foundation Exhibition Hall January 22 through April 19, 2021. More than 75 paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting which developed at the end of the 19th century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life. Scenes include both urban and rural settings from when artists preferred to paint outdoors and capture changing effects of light during different times of day and seasons of the year. “The first things I notice in this exhibition are the beautiful color palettes found in Impressionist art—rich greens, whimsical purples, and serene blues,” says Whitney Richardson, associate curator. “If you are an enthusiast of French and American Impressionism, this exhibition is a dream come true. The Asheville Art Museum is delighted to host this exhibition—primarily from the Reading Public Museum’s impressive collection of Impressionist art—and offer visitors a fully immersive view of this late 19th-century style of painting.” Across the Atlantic also features works by artists whose paintings helped pave the pathway to Impressionism such as members of the Barbizon School including Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Narcisse Diaz de la Peña. Other French painters whose techniques and subjects paralleled those of the Impressionists like Charles-François Daubigny, Leon-Augustin Lhermitte, and Jean-Charles Cazin are also being examined. Many of these artists practiced painting outdoors, en plein air, a new freedom that the commercial availability of tubed paint and portable easels afforded them. Some of the key artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Camille…
Cornwagon Thunder, Laundromat from the Wonder Series, 2017, archival print on Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matte paper, 10 × 15 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided by 2019 Collectors’ Circle members Gary & Olivia Zahler, 2020.02.02. © Cornwagon Thunder. The Asheville Art Museum shared that seven artists from the opening exhibition Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia have entered the Museum's Collection of American Art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Appalachia Now! was the inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Museum that celebrated contemporary artists living and working in Southern Appalachia. Considering available funds, the Museum's curatorial team selected a range of works that reflect the diversity of Appalachia Now! These works were then presented to the Collectors' Circle who voted to acquire them. "It’s such an honor to be a part of the Asheville Art Museum’s expansion into new media," says Lei Han, who is Professor of New Media at UNC Asheville. "My collaborators and I are grateful for this recognition and we look forward to future collaborations with the Museum.” "The Museum looks forward to following the careers of all the Appalachia Now! artists," says Asheville Art Museum Executive Director Pamela Myers. "We are also very thankful for the Collectors' Circle—for their generosity and ongoing support of the Museum, and their dedication to building the Museum's important Collection for the enjoyment of all of our visitors." The following 15 works have been approved for acquisition into the Museum's Collection: Carolyn Ford, Southernisms: Grinnin’ like a Fox Crappin’ a Peach Seed, 2017, black slip, low-relief stoneware on wood, 11 x 11 x 1 ½ in. Museum purchase with funds provided by the 2019 Collectors’ Circle, 2020.01.01. © Carolyn Ford Carolyn Ford, Southern Skills: Quilting, 2017, black slip, low-relief stoneware on wood, 11 x 11 x 1 ½ in. Museum purchase with funds provided by the 2019 Collectors’ Circle, 2020.01.02. © Carolyn Ford Carolyn Ford, Southernisms: Nervous as a Long-Tailed Cat in a Rockin’ Chair Factory, 2017, black slip, low-relief stoneware on wood, 11 x 11 x 1 ½ in. Museum purchase with funds provided…