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Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens


  Arthur Watson Sparks (American 1870-1919),  Le Quai Sainte-Catherine, Martigues   ,  Oil on Board, Courtesy of the Reading Public Museum. 

Arthur Watson Sparks (American 1870-1919), Le Quai Sainte-Catherine, MartiguesOil on Board, Courtesy of the Reading Public Museum. 

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.

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.

Earlier Event: June 22
VSA Arts K-12