Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens

Arthur Watson Sparks (American, 1870-1919),  Quai St. Catherine, Martigue  (detail), c. 1910-1919, oil on board, Museum Purchase, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Arthur Watson Sparks (American, 1870-1919), Quai St. Catherine, Martigue (detail), c. 1910-1919, oil on board, Museum Purchase, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century, and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s, and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than seventy-five paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the new style of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, among others, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 80s. Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Frank W. Benson. Additional American artists embraced the style by the turn of the century, including Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, Arthur Watson Sparks, Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, Frederick John Mulhaupt, and Guy Wiggins, are also highlighted in the exhibition.

Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens is on view March 8, 2019 through June 9, 2019 .


Artists included

Mary Stevenson Cassatt

Cecilia Beaux

John Singer Sargent

Soren Emile Carlsen

Ernest Lawson

Robert Lewis Reid

John Henry Twachtman

Frederick Childe Hassam

Henry Ward Ranger

Chauncey Foster Ryder

Guy Carleton Wiggins

Charles Paul Gruppe

Charles Webster Hawthorne

Frederick John Mulhaupt

William McGregor Paxton

Harry Aiken Vincent

Nancy Maybin Ferguson

Frank Weston Benson

John Sharman

Richard Summer Meryman

Walter Emerson Baum

John Fulton Folinsbee

Daniel Garber

William Langson Lathrop

Antonio Pietro Martino

Edward Willis Redfield

Charles Rosen

Walter Elmer Schofield

Robert Spencer

Fred Wagner

Charles Morris Young

Willard L. Metcalf

Richard Blossom Farley

Arrah Lee Gaul

Paulette Van Roekens

Arthur Watson Sparks

William Merritt Chase

John La Farge

Augustus Vincent Tack

Francis Hopkinson Smith

John Fabian Carlson

Colin Cooper Campbell

George Agnew Reid

Mary Heister Reid

Edgar Degas

Victor Vignon

Albert Lebourg

Maximilien Luce

Leon-Augustin Lhermitte

Jean Charles Cazin,

Charles François Daubigny

Karl Pierre Daubigny

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Eugène Ciceri

Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña

Felix F. G. P. Ziem

Alexandre René Veron

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot

Camille Pissarro


Exhibition Sponsors

This exhibition is supported locally by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lamar III. Programming is generously supported by Art Bridges. Additional local exhibition support is from Taylor Porter, Virginia and John Noland, Lamar Advertising, and the following Annual Exhibition Fund donors: The Imo N. Brown Memorial Fund in memory of Heidel Brown and Mary Ann Brown; Louisiana CAT; Charles Schwing; Alma Lee, H.N. and Cary Saurage Group; The Newton B. Thomas Family/Newtron Group Fund; LSU College of Art & Design; Susanna Atkins McCarthy; and Mr. and Mrs. Sanford A. Arst. Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA.


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