Three Exhibitions That Follow the Creative Journey of Impressionism from France to California
While people often think of French artists when they hear the word "Impressionism," most aren't as familiar with the extraordinary Impressionist works created by artists in California and throughout the United States.
This summer, the Crocker will present three special exhibitions tracing the development of Impressionism from its French roots to its expression in California and throughout the United States. These exhibitions collectively feature works by renowned French and American artists, with a strong emphasis on landscape painting.
During the last quarter of the 19th-century, French artists began recording modern life in a new style of painting, one that they believed was truer to sensory experience and the effects of light. These "impressions" of seemingly spontaneous, rapidly executed landscapes and cityscapes gave name to a movement that changed the course of art.