Bennington Museum: Three Vermont Impressionists
On view at the Bennington Museum from Saturday, April 12 through Tuesday, June 17, Three Vermont Impressionists is an exhibition featuring the work of three artists who painted Vermont landscapes in an impressionistic vein. One artist is best known for impressionistic landscape paintings that evoke the rich and seasonal moods of the Vermont countryside, while another is regarded as one of the finest impressionists of the Boston School. The third remained almost totally obscure until 1988, when his paintings were discovered in the attic of a house he had once inhabited. Drawn from Bennington Museum’s collection and that of private collectors, Three Vermont Impressionists features the work of George Loftus Noyes, Arthur Gibbes Burton and Clifford Adams Bayard, who all painted southern Vermont landscapes.
Impressionism is a style of painting that originated in France around 1870; though American viewers had developed a taste and respect for landscape paintings earlier than western Europe had, the need for a polished, finished and sharply defined image hindered the spread of Impressionism’s colorful, broad brush stroke canvases in the American market. It took decades to establish popular acceptance in America sometime in the 1890s, and it has enjoyed a long-lived popularity since. During the first half of the twentieth century, resident and visiting artists made great use of Impressionism’s broken brushwork and high-keyed palette to paint the rolling hills of Vermont.
The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street, Route 9, Bennington, Vt. just 20 minutes from Williamstown, Mass., just a short ride from Manchester and eastern New York. Visit benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.