New London, CT
The Light of a Moment
January 31 through June 30, 1999
The theme of landscapes continues in McKee Gallery of the Museum with an exhibit of American Impressionism entitled The Light of a Moment. Included in this exhibit are lovely examples of Connecticut Impressionism by such artists as Charles H. Davis, Henry Ward Ranger, J. Alden Weir and Guy Wiggins.
Impressionism made its debut in the art world in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and is a technique where the immediate sense of nature, a fleeting moment, as seen and felt by the artist, is transferred to canvas. Impressionism is known for its fusion of color and its incredible quality of light. This new technique in painting, however, was a total departure from the traditional landscapes of Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church.
From top to bottom: Charles H. Davis, Sky, oil on canvas; Guy Wiggins, Church on the Hill, c. 1910-12, oil on canvas.
For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.
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