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John Henry Twachtman : an American impressionist
Peters, Lisa N.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : High Museum of Art ; New York : Distributed by Hudson Hills Press ; [Lanham, MD] : Distributed in the USA, its territories and Canada by National Book Network, [1999]

Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
General Note:
Exhibition itinerary: Cincinnati Art Museum, 6 June-5 September 1999, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 16 October-2 January 2000, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 26 February-21 May 2000.
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ND237.T85 P48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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John Twachtman (1853-1902) had a highly individual style noted for its contemplative mood and bold immediacy of composition. His best-known works, inspired by the changing seasons, combine the spontaneous experience of nature with the expressive potential of abstract design.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Peters, a preeminent Twachtman scholar, has written a wonderful collection of essays to accompany the traveling Twachtman exhibition organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Anyone unfamiliar with Twachtman's life and work need not consult other sources (although Peters dutifully acknowledges the foundation research of earlier scholars). Organizing his text by time period, Peters methodically traces the development of Twachtman's art from his early years in Cincinnati (1835-75) through his death in Gloucester, MA, in 1902. If there is any doubt of Twachtman's mastery as an impressionist, one has only to gaze at any of the fall or winter landscapes that are beautifully reproduced in this volume, along with dozens of other examples from his oeuvre. Oddly, there is neither a table of contents nor a separate list of exhibited works and their provenance. Warmly recommended for most public and academic libraries.ÄP. Steven Thomas, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Peters has produced an attractive monograph honoring the first retrospective showing of Twachtman's work since 1966. Born in Cincinnati of German descent, the artist moved from early training there and in Munich, as a Duveneck protege, to independent efforts both abroad and in New England, where he finally settled. Peters's account of that career is sympathetically written. Color plates representing the 61 works exhibited, augmented by 75 comparative figures in color or halftone, corroborate her interpretations. Some introduce phases of Twachtman's output that may be less widely familiar but are surely amongst his finest. A number of landscapes done in Normandy during the mid-1880s rival Whistler's elegant restraint but disclose a distinctively personal flair for design. A series of pastels from 1889-91 are no less noteworthy. The latter years of Twachtman's too brief career reveal his adaptation of Impressionist colorism to conjure a sense of atmospheric light, in subjects drawn from the suburban Connecticut countryside, Yellowstone Park, Cos Cob, or Gloucester. As Peters points out, like Monet, Twachtman worked assiduously, both outdoors and in his studio, to achieve remarkable effects of spontaneity. All levels. F. A. Trapp; Amherst College