A sweeping survey of American Impressionism, In A New Light: American Impressionism 1870—1940, presents groundbreaking paintings, prints, and drawings from acclaimed artists such as George Inness, Childe Hassam, Thomas Moran, John Sloan, Ernest Lawson, Daniel Garber, and Guy Carleton Wiggins, among others. This comprehensive exhibition of American Impressionism traces the emergence and evolution of a truly American style of art.
The 130 works included in the exhibition reflect the changing mindset of America from the mid-19th to early 20th century. The exhibition concentrates on regional artists’ colonies that were crucial to the American Impressionism movement, from colonies in the Northeast, to the Midwest, and the American West. A tranquil place for artists to share ideas and resources, these collaborative enclaves were often established in rural areas of great natural beauty, yet not far from growing urban centers. The show explores the ways in which local artists interpreted America’s rural, maritime, and urban spaces and portray daily life using the Impressionist devices of capturing the moment with brisk brushstrokes, a vibrant palette, and atmospheric effects. Organized by Bank of America’s Art in Our Communities Program, In A New Light is the first major exhibition of American Impressionism at GRAM in over a decade.