American Impressionism and American Impressionist Artists: Books



American Impressionism, 2nd Edition by William H. Gerdts, Harry N Abrams (May 1991) (right: and left catalogue front covers courtesy Abbeville Press)

Bernhard Gutmann: An American Impressionist, 1869-1936 by Percy North. Abbeville Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1995). Publishers Weekly says: "German-born Gutmann (1869-1936) emigrated to the U.S. at 23 and established a solid reputation with his work as a graphic artist and teacher and for his colorful landscapes, genre scenes, still lifes and portraits. After his death he was forgotten, however; because he had married into a wealthy family and had no pressing need to sell his paintings, most of them remained out of the public eye. In this richly illustrated monograph, North, a professor of art history at Montgomery College in Maryland, presents a straightforward account of the artist's relatively uneventful life, which, except for occasional trips abroad, was spent in Lynchburg, Va., New York and Connecticut. The excitement is in the paintings -- luminous canvases glowing with brilliant impressionist colors applied in bold post-impressionist brush strokes or directly from the tube. Although a somber element crept into the later works, when Gutmann was deeply affected by the stock market crash of 1929, the rise of Nazism in Germany and illness in his family, most of the paintings are sunny creations that, in the impressionist tradition, have immediate appeal because of their sparkling, sensuous colors and their cheerful evocation of everyday life. This beautifully produced book with superb color reproductions should reestablish Gutmann's reputation." Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

California Impressionism by William H. Gerdts, Abbeville Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1998). Baton Rouge Advocate, August 2, 1998, says: "William Gerdts, professor of art history at the Graduate School of The City of New York and an authority on American Impressionism, has written a detailed, expansive essay tracing the concept, sources and development of the California Impressionist movement. . . . Will South writes a more narrative piece, a chronological account of the movement filled with professional and biographical tidbits to delight both researchers and casual readers. . . . a fine resource for students, researchers and collectors. . . . a focused examination of a specific art movement in a specific region-a good reference for students and researchers, and attractive for casual page-turners and fans of impressionism in general."

Childe Hassam: American Impressionist by Ulrich W. Hiesinger. Prestel; New edition edition (September 1999). Library Journal says: "This, the first monograph covering the entire painting career of Hassam (1859-1935), accompanies an exhibition mounted at the Jordon-Volpe Gallery in New York. Hassam exhibited with "The Ten," a group of noteworthy New York artists, and was also an accomplished etcher, although this talent is not discussed in depth in the catalog. Born in Boston, he received art training in Paris between 1886 and 1889 and continued to work in a French impressionist style for the rest of his career. Hassam is strongly identified with his favorite locales-Manhattan and the New England seacoast-and subject matter-namely, flowers, furnished interiors, and flags. Readers will be delighted by the nearly 200 illustrations of his appealing canvases, two-thirds of which are color reproductions. Serious students of Hassam will also appreciate the annotated footnotes, chronology, and transcribed documents. Recommended for American art collections. - Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, N.Y." Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc

Childe Hassam: Impressionist by Warren Adelson. Abbeville Press; First Edition edition (October 15, 1999). Library Journal says: "Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) is considered the preeminent American Impressionist. He started at the Boston Art School, learning engraving and illustration, but went to Paris and studied with Boulanger and Lefebvre before eventually becoming one of "The Ten," a group of Impressionists. Filled with rainy or snow-covered city streets, colorful seaside gardens, patriotic flag-lined avenues, and exquisitely dressed women, his paintings are unmistakable. The authors of this current work approach different facets of Hassam and his work: gallerist Adelson looks at the artist in an international context drawing connections to Monet and Vuillard; William Gerdts (American Impressionism) looks at ongoing themes; and art historian Jay Cantor focuses on the departures of Hassam's later work, nudes, and East Hampton views. Many of the illustrations are familiar ones, but the authors gained access to many others in private collections that are reproduced here for the first time. The extensive illustrations, 200 in color, are complemented by a detailed illustrated chronology and extensive bibliography. Highly recommended as a necessary purchase for serious collections on American Art. - Joseph C. Hewgley, Nashville P.L." Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, The by Susan G. Larkin. Yale University Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2001). Publishers Weekly says: "From the Van Gogh-like strokes of Childe Hassam to Elmer MacRae's near-cubist hollyhocks, The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressions on the Connecticut Shore offers an in-depth look at a lesser-known American movement. Between 1890 and 1920, artists and writers settled in a coastal section of Greenwich called Cos Cob, as the town shifted from fishing and farming to New York bedroom community, often meeting at the Holley family boarding house on the harbor. An independent scholar and former Metropolitan Museum of Art research fellow, Susan G. Larkin (a longtime Greenwich resident) takes readers through a generous sampling of 78 color and 67 b&w reproductions of works that are currently hanging at the National Academy of Design in New York and will travel to Houston and Denver later this year. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc."

Frederick Carl Frieseke: The Evolution of an American Impressionist by Nicholas Kilmer (Author), David Sellin (Author), Barbara H. Weinberg (Author), Virginia M. Mecklenburg (Author), Linda McWhorter (Editor). Princeton University Press (February 20, 2001). Library Journal says: "This lovely, colorful volume, the first book devoted to Frieseke's work, accompanies a traveling exhibition of the artist's paintings. Nicholas Kilmer, Frieseke's grandson, contributes a biographical narrative that includes many personal letters and archival family photographs, and three noted scholars of American art (Barbara Weinberg, Virginia M. Meklenburg, and David Sellin) address the artist's stylistic tendencies. Their essays move chronologically through Frieseke's career, discussing his style from the period before 1910; his stays in Le Pouldu, Brittany in 1901 and in Giverny in 1905-20; and his last artistic phase, which lasted from the 1920s until his death in 1939. The authors examine the paintings produced at the height of Frieseke's Impressionist phase at Giverny not only in terms of Impressionist effects of color and light but also in relation to the decorative qualities of line, texture, and interlocking figures seen in the Nabis and Art Nouveau styles. They go on to point out the characteristics of Frieseke's lesser-known late paintings, which utilize a new realism, a less sensual line, harder edges, and modern dress. Recommended for all libraries with art book collections. Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA." Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Impressionist New York by William H. Gerdts. Artabras (November 1, 1996). says: "The turn of the century in America experienced both the peak of the aesthetics of impressionism and widespread growth in its greatest city--New York. Like the French impressionists in Paris, many American impressionists took to the streets, using the realities of urban life as the subject of their work. An authority on American impressionism, Dr. William H. Gerdts provides a thorough chronicle of this work and the time in which it was painted--one of public consciousness and celebration. The paintings in the book are visions of urban optimism, focusing on buildings, parks, and street scenes. Because many of the buildings in these paintings are no longer standing, this work is a documentary of a time long gone. The book balances text, image, and white space nicely. Throughout the text, sidebars of quotes by the artists and their literary contemporaries offer commentary on life in the city, putting the work in context."

John Henry Twachtman: An American Impressionist by Lisa N. Peters. Hudson Hills (May 25, 1999). Library Journal says: "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.AP. Steven Thomas, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant." Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Minnesota Impressionists by Rena Neumann Coen. 96 pages. Publisher: Afton Historical Society Press; 1st edition (October 1996). ISBN-10: 0963933868. ISBN-13: 978-0963933867. Product Description: "AN UNEXPLORED CHAPTER in American art is treated with eloquence in this beautiful book. The period covered is pre-1940. Twenty-seven artists including Nicholas Brewer, Elizabeth Chant, and Alexis Jean Fournier and their paintings are addressed in separate essays, arranged alphabetically for easy reference." (text courtesy of

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Pennsylvania Impressionism, by Brian H. Peterson, William H. Gerdts, Sylvia Yount. Published 2002 by University of Pennsylvania Press. 340 pages. ISBN:0812237005. From the book jacket: ""Pennsylvania impressionist paintings are now widely collected, and numerous works in private hands are shown here, as are selections from the holdings of the James A. Michener Art Museum, which has the most extensive public collection. The book is lavishly illustrated with 369 color reproductions, and includes biographies of eighty-four artists, many never before published. The history of the Bucks County art colony is explored by Brian H. Peterson, who also suggests new ways of understanding the art and artists who made their home in the area. Sylvia Yount eloquently weaves together the historic foundations of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and its impact on the Pennsylvania impressionists. Noted art historian William H. Gerdts provides a comprehensive study of the art colony movement and its roots, and includes a comprehensive bibliography on that bygone era." Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here. (left: front cover, Pennsylvania Impressionism, image courtesy Google Books)

An American Impressionist: The Art and Life of Alson Skinner Clark, by Deborah Epstein Solon, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Gibbs Museum (Charleston, S.C.) Contributor William H. Gerdts. Published 2005 by Hudson Hills. 149 pages.ISBN:1555952445. Google Books says: "This publication coincides with the first full-scale museum retrospective on Clark by the Pasadena Museum of California Art." Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here. (right: front cover, An American Impressionist: The Art and Life of Alson Skinner Clark, image courtesy Google Books)

The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, by Susan G. Larkin, National Academy of Design (U.S.), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Denver Art Museum. Published 2001 by Yale University Press. 246 pages. ISBN:0300088523. Google Books says: "What Argenteuil in the 1870s was to French Impressionists, Cos Cob between 1890 and 1920 was to American Impressionists Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, John Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, and their followers. These artists and writers came together to work in the modest Cos Cob section of Greenwich, Connecticut, testing new styles and new themes in the stimulating company of colleagues. This beautiful book is the first to examine the art colony at Cos Cob and the role it played in the development of American Impressionist art.During the art-colony period, says Susan Larkin, Greenwich was changing from a farming and fishing community to a prosperous suburb of New York. The artists who gathered in Cos Cob produced work that reflects the resulting tensions between tradition and modernity, nature and technology, and country and city. The artists' preferred subjects -- colonial architecture, quiet landscapes, contemplative women -- held a complex significance for them, which Larkin explores. Drawing on maritime history, garden design, women's studies, and more, she places the art colony in its cultural and historical context and reveals unexpected depth in paintings of enormous popular appeal." Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here.(left: front cover, The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, image courtesy Google Books)

In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists,by Deborah Epstein Solon, Will South. 151 pages. ISBN:1555952259. Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book including biographies of the artists. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here. (right: front cover, In and Out of California: Travels of American Impressionists, image courtesy Google Books)

American Impressionist Paintings: in the Collection of the Florence Griswold Museum, by Florence Griswold Museum. Published 2004 by Courier Dover Publications. 16 pages. ISBN:0486435717. Google Books says: "Once the center of the largest and best-known Impressionist art colony in America, the Florence Griswold home in Old Lyme, Connecticut, is still renowned for its collections of Impressionist paintings. This handsome card collection showcases the work of 24 of these artists, among them Edward C. Volkert, John Henry Twachtman, Lilian Westcott Hale, Willard Metcalf, Childe Hassam, Charles H. Davis, and Henry Ward Ranger. Ideal for sending messages to friends and art lovers, these charming cards can also be framed or added to a personal collection. Introduction. Notes" Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here. (left: front cover, American Impressionist Paintings: in the Collection of the Florence Griswold Museum, image courtesy Google Books)

Separate Realities: Developments in California Representational Painting and Sculpture, an Exhibition Organized by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, September 19 Through October 21, 1973, by Laurence Dreiband, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Virginia Ernst Kazor. Published by The Gallery, 1973


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