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The golden age of American impressionism
Gerdts, William H.
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New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, [2003]

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128 pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
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"The genesis of this publication lies in an extraordinary exhibition, The Golden Age of American Impressionism, on view at the Heckscher Museum of Art, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, from 22 November 2003 through 1 February 2004"--P. 8.
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ND210.5.I4 G4745 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Presents both the artists and the movement at their respective peaks. Among the aritsts represented are Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Frank Weston Benson, Frederick Frieseke, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, Gari Melchers, Theodore Robinson, John Twachtman and Julian Alden Weir. The paintings are covered by in depth examinations of the artists. Also discussed are the various regional movements within American Impressionism - from the rustic towns of Old Lyme, New Hope and Cragsmore to artist colonies across the Atlantic in Giverny and Grez in France. Impressionism exhibition at the Hechscher Museum of American Art in Huntington, New York.

Author Notes

William H. Gerdts was born in 1929 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College and a master's degree and PhD in fine arts from Harvard University. He has served as curator of art at the Norfolk (Virginia) Museum and resident director of the historic Myers House in Norfolk, as curator of painting and sculpture at the Newark (New Jersey) Museum, and as gallery director at the University of Maryland (College Park), where he also taught art history. He is an art historian and professor of art history at CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of 25 books on American art including Art Across America. Two Centuries of Regional Painting and American Impressionism.

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Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Celebrated and eminently popular art historical scholar Gerdts (art history, emeritus, CUNY) has brought together a group of paintings that exemplify the best of American Impressionism. This catalog accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY. While the show promises to be a crowd pleaser, the catalog leaves a bit to be desired. Gerdts's introductory essay consists of concise descriptions of the movement's most luminous practitioners and their preferred locales. The 56 color plates are quite beautiful, and they (somewhat redundantly) contain concise biographies of the artists, among them Mary Cassatt, Julian Alden Weir, and Childe Hassam. Both the essay and the catalog entries are written for a general audience and include few references. A much-abbreviated bibliography does little to raise the scholarly value of the work. The exhibition will no doubt be a popular success; however, while the plates in the catalog are truly beautiful, they do little to hide the fact that the catalog as a whole offers very little that is new or particularly noteworthy. Recommended only as an overview for general audiences.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This publication is the catalog for an exhibition at the Heckscher Museum of Art on Long Island, New York, from November 2003 through February 2004. It is an elegant, thin volume, providing a handy compendium of the best that has been thought and said about American Impressionism. Gerdts, the dean of American art historians, has encapsulated his many years of research on the subject into a highly readable and manageable essay. Although little contained in this publication advances the state of knowledge, the concentration of received ideas within the covers of this publication affords a handy resource for students and scholars alike. The 50 or more color reproductions are state of the art and, if nothing else, make this publication, in light of its timely appearance, the gift book of the season. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. R. L. McGrath Dartmouth College

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 8
Author's Acknowledgementsp. 10
List of Color Platesp. 12
Introductionp. 14
The Golden Age of American Impressionismp. 15
The Platesp. 43
Lenders to the Exhibitionp. 123
Notesp. 124
Select Bibliographyp. 125
Indexp. 127