The Age of American Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago, although renowned for its holdings of works by the French Impressionists, also houses a wealth of superb examples by American proponents of this distinctive style.  The breadth of the museum's collection of American Impressionism is rich, with a substantial body of paintings and watercolors by Winslow Homer, who is seen today as a precursor to Impressionism, as well as impressive portfolios of work by Americans living in Europe, such as James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent, and the only American who was officially part of the French group, Mary Cassatt.  In addition, important paintings and watercolors by notable artists such as Cecilia Beaux, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Mauric Prendergast, and John Twachtman are included, along with handsomely reproduced images by lesser-known artists who worked in the Impressionist vein.

Judith A. Barter is Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art; Sarah E. Kelly is the Henry and Gilda Buchbinder Associate Curator of American Art; Denise Mahoney is Collection Manager and Research Assistant in the Department of American Art; and Ellen E. Roberts is Associate Curator of American Art, all at the Art Institute of Chicago.

160 pages with 117 color illustrations.

9 1/2" x 12" x 1".

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  1. Aug 28, 2018

    from Atlanta, GA

    I am pleased with the purchase of the book titled "The age of American Impressionism" published by the Art Institute of Chicago. The format, contents and paint reproductions are of high quality and represents the excellence of the Institute. I hope there will be more books available in the future.

  2. May 24, 2018

    from SAINT LOUIS, MO

    I am planning a trip to Chicago and the Art Institute in October, 2018. I ordered this book and "The Essential Guide" in anticipation. I have read it and loved it. I have now ordered the French Impressionism book and look forward to devouring it as well.

  3. Jan 25, 2012

    from Champaign, IL

    I am delighted with the Institute's book, "The Age of American Impressionism," which provides a wonderful overview of the works of American Impressionists housed there. The combined impact of the book's essays and color illustrations both enlightens and inspires the reader. A number of Americans were in the avant-garde of the Impressionist movement that originated in Europe. These Americans studied and acquired the techniques from masters such as Monet, then returned to this country to paint uniquely regional and national "impressions" of their surroundings.

    This book gives a fairly thorough account of the many American Impressionists (some well known, others more obscure) whose works are represented in the Art Institute of Chicago. The essays are easy to assimilate and the accompanying illustrations are beautiful. The editors and writers have done a good job of cross referencing the artists and paintings described in each essay so that readers can "see" the reciprocal influences and cross fertilization that occurred among the painters throughout their careers.

    One minor annoyance that all art books (including this one) give me is that readers are required to thumb through many pages to access illustrations that are cited in any given essay but located throughout the book. Perhaps this will be rectified by e-books in which the reader will be able to "click" on a citation and be taken immediately to the image to which it is linked.

    Kudos to the Institute for creating this excellent and informative work, which underscores its reputation as a world-class museum and national treasure.