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Pennsylvania Impressionism, co-published by the Michener Art Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Press

 

The James A. Michener Art Museum announced in September, 2002 the publication of Pennsylvania Impressionism, edited and principally authored by Senior Curator Brian H. Peterson, with contributions by Sylvia Yount and William H. Gerdts. Co-published by the Michener Art Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Press, the long-awaited volume represents the first major scholarly publication on one of the most significant schools of landscape painting in American art history. (left: Daniel Garber, Wilderness, 1912, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 inches, Private collection of Jim's Antique s Fine Art Gallery, Lambertsville, NJ)

"For many years now I've believed that the best work by our Bucks County painters compares very favorably to the work of the mainstays of American Impressionism," Peterson said. "My hope is that this book will help to get the word out not only to the larger art community but the general public as well."

Centered in the picturesque village of New Hope, Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Impressionists played an important role in the American art world of the early twentieth century. Their work was celebrated for its freedom from European influence and was praised by the noted painter and critic Guy Péne du Bois as "our first truly national expression."

"Something significant happened in Bucks County in the early twentieth century," Peterson writes in his introduction, "and the story needed to be told in a comprehensive way that reflects the true depth and mastery of these artists."

The book features over 350 color reproductions of classic Pennsylvania Impressionist works by artists such as Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, Fern I. Coppedge, Robert Spencer, John Folinsbee and William Lathrop. In addition to new scholarly research on the Pennsylvania impressionists, the 368-page hardcover volume includes biographies of 84 artists, a lively history of the New Hope art colony, and a feature on the renowned Bucks County frame makers authored by the Michener Art Museum's Associate Curator of Exhibitions Erika Jaeger Smith. (left: Robert Spencer, The Marble Shop, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, Private collection)

Author Brian H. Peterson has more than twenty years' experience as a curator, critic, artist and arts administrator in the Philadelphia area. He has been responsible for guiding the exhibition program at the Michener Art Museum since 1993.

Additional contributors to Pennsylvania Impressionism are Sylvia Yount, Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

Pennsylvania Impressionism is available at regional bookstores and the Michener Art Museum gift shop. Publication of Pennsylvania Impressionism was made possible by a major grant from The Lenfest Foundation, with additional funding from a total of 31 donors.

A special exhibition at the Michener Art Museum featuring rarely viewed works by Pennsylvania Impressionist artists, Earth, River and Light: Masterworks of Pennsylvania Impressionism (September 21 - December 29, 2002) coincided with the book's publication.

Readers please note our earlier article The Lenfest Exhibition of Pennsylvania Impressionism (12/16/00).

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