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Opening Day of ‘American Impressionism: A New Vision, 1880–1900’ (Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh)

July 19, 2014


With more than 70 paintings produced in Europe and the United States between 1880 and 1900, this exhibition highlights the unique vision of American Impressionism. Expatriates such as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler played a role in the creation of the impressionist aesthetic and worked alongside French artists. Others, in the succeeding years, adapted the ‘New Painting’ to their native land, offering a renewed presentation of the American landscape with bright, sun-filled canvases. Artists such as William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, and Edmund Tarbell appropriated the new French techniques to American sites and subjects, thus emphasizing a growing national identity.

Organized in collaboration with the Musée des impressionismes Giverny and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the exhibition offers a fresh exploration of an American engagement with the techniques of impressionism on both sides of the Atlantic.

This exhibition is also being shown at the Musée des impressionismes Giverny (Mar. 28–June 29) and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (Nov. 4, 2014–Feb. 1, 2015).


Scottish National Gallery
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Scottish National Gallery
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Edinburgh, EH2 2EL United Kingdom
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