Opening April 8, 2021, this new exhibition from the Lightner Museum explores the work of the American Impressionist painters who wintered in St. Augustine at the dawn of the 20th Century.
Impression arrived in the United States in the late 1880s, more than a decade after it originated in Paris. In the hands of American artists, it was subject to a variety of interpretations. While some painters adopted the modern subject matter, broken brushstrokes, fleeting atmospheric effects, and bright palette of the French Impressionists, others did not fully abandon their academic training. In his review of paintings at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition of 1916, art critic Christian Brinton declared, “It must not be assumed that American Impressionism and French Impressionism are identical. The American painter accepted the spirit, not the letter of the new doctrine.”