Upper Hunter Country

7 May - ADFAS Lecture 'From Paris to New York: The Story of American Impressionism' - Mr Bernard Allan MA BA (Hons)

When: 07 May 2019, 6.30pm 

Where: Upper Hunter Shire Council, Liverpool St, Scone

The Lecture: Only one American, Mary Cassatt, exhibited with the Impressionist group in Paris but, by the mid 1880s American Impressionism had become an important art form in the US, inspired by, but not imitating the French prototype.

Artists such as Childe Hassan successfully blended their academic training with the vitality of Impressionism, which they had encountered on their European travels, to produce paintings that conveyed the dynamism of the new country and its rapidly expanding cities, especially New York.

Simultaneously, painters like Theodore Robinson, who had been inspired by Monet at Giverny, based themselves in artists’ colonies on the east coast of America. Here they found subject matter for paintings with a sense of nostalgia for the way of life that was fast disappearing as the traditional industries of fishing and agriculture were supplanted by the influx of tourists. Meanwhile John Henry Twachtman drew on diverse influences to produce wonderfully evocative winter scenes.

Impressionism remained popular with American artists until the 1920s, although by the early 20th century the style had been supplanted in status by the new urban realists.

The Lecturer: Bernard Allan has a BA (Hons) in History and an MA (Distinction) in History of Art. Following a successful business career he spent several years teaching art history for the WEA (adult education) and is now an independent art history tutor. He has been a NADFAS/Arts Society lecturer for several years, specialising in the work of European women artists and also American art. He has lectured widely to local organisations and guided parties around art galleries in London and Paris.