Impressionism: A View from Philadelphia
Having swept through Paris in the 1870s, Impressionism became an international phenomenon, taking root in many cities and rural art colonies throughout Europe and the Americas up through the 1920s and beyond. In general, Impressionist artists rejected academic methods and worked in a “naturalist” manner, painting directly from the subjects before them, whether en plein air in the countryside, in the modern city, or in the studio. The Impressionist brushstroke—often of vibrant, unmixed color—expresses the artist’s temperament and a unique point of view.
Philadelphia and its region became one of the important centers of Impressionist painting. Woodmere, with its focus on Philadelphia artists, is uniquely suited to exploring the configurations of Impressionism in our city and region. This exhibition will offer a Philadelphia-centric perspective on American Impressionism through works from the Museum’s collection, including a number of recent acquisitions.