America's Impressionism

Echoes of a Revolution

Amanda C. Burdan; With contributions by Emily C. Burns, Ross King, William Keyse Rudolph, Kevin Sharp, and Scott A. Shields

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A beautifully illustrated account of the Impressionist experiment in the United States—showing how the French style was put to distinctly American use

From the late 19th century to the Second World War, American painters adapted Impressionism to their own ends, shaping one of the most enduring, complex, and contradictory styles of art ever produced in the United States. This comprehensive book presents an original and nuanced history of the American engagement with the French style, one that was both richer and more ambivalent than mere imitation. Showcasing key works from public and private collections across the United States, this expansive catalogue contextualizes celebrated figures, such as Claude Monet (1840–1926) and William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), among their unduly overlooked—and often female—counterparts, such as Lilla Cabot Perry (1848–1933), Emma Richardson Cherry (1859–1954), and Evelyn McCormick (1862–1948). Essays from leading scholars of the movement expand upon the geography and chronology of Impressionism in America, investigating regional variants and new avenues opened by the experiment. Beautifully illustrated, this volume is a landmark event in the understanding of an important era in American art.

Amanda C. Burdan is curator at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA.


Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN
(January 23–May 9, 2021)

San Antonio Museum of Art
(June 11–September 5, 2021)

Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
(October 9, 2021–January 9, 2022)
ISBN: 9780300247701
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and the San Antonio Museum of Art
192 pages, 10 x 10 7/8
137 color illus.
Thomas Sully

Painted Performance

William Keyse Rudolph and Carol Eaton Soltis

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