Terra Museum of American Art

Chicago, IL




First Exposure: The Sketchbooks and Photographs of Theodore Robinson


Impressionist painter Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), who was strongly influenced by his close friend, noted French artist Claude Monet, captured chance occurrences in everyday life, many of which will be featured in First Exposure: The Sketchbooks and Photographs of Theodore Robinson, an exhibition to open Saturday, October 14, at Terra Museum of American Art. The exhibition, which overlaps with the ongoing Indivisible: Stories of American Community, will be on view through Sunday, December 31, 2000.

This major exhibition features three sketchbooks and 25 black-and-white photographs by the artist, which taken together, conjure up a sketch of Robinson's social environs. Although he tended to paint landscapes on site en plein air, Robinson often used these photographic and sketched studies as a resource. First Exposure brings to the foreground works which have typically been considered background. (left: Theodore Robinson, Theodore Robinson (seated) with Kenyon Cox, albumen print, 9 x 5 3/8 inches, Terra Foundation for the Arts, Gift of Mr. Ira Spanierman, C1985.1.25)

Organized by Terra's sister museum, the Musée d'Art Américain, in Giverny, France, the exhibition demonstrates the internal struggle Robinson faced to meet his own high artistic standards. Though shy, he achieved a degree of celebrity as he moved through several transitions in style, from academic to impressionism to the streamlined aesthetic of his artistic maturity.


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