Exhibition: Crosscurrents: The Colonies, Clubs & Schools that Established Impressionism in America

Exhibition Information

On exhibition October 29, 2016 - January 28, 2017

This show serves as the second of two significant exhibitions to commemorate the galleries’ 175 years in business. 

Crosscurrents will showcase the extensive art collection of Abbot W. and Marcia L. Vose, which has never been displayed in its entirety before. In the nineteen-seventies and early eighties, Abbot (Bill) Vose gave dozens of lectures around the country on the artists working in the colonies, clubs and schools that brought American Impressionism to light. His advocacy of the movement helped catalyze the scholarly and public recognition that American Impressionism receives today. Abbot and Marcia’s shared passion for these artists form the base of their personal collection.

Concurrently, Crosscurrents will feature over 100 works for sale by American artists working in the Impressionist vein around the turn of the century. It will explore the tightly knit communities of artists who synthesized the academic instruction from the Art Students League of New York and Boston Museum School with their exposure to Impressionism in Europe to form a distinctly American style. New England coastal communities fostered artist colonies reminiscent of those formed in France. In the summer, artists left their city studios to retreat to Gloucester, Rockport, Annisquam, Essex, Manchester, Provincetown and Cape Cod in Massachusetts; Old Lyme, Cos Cob and Mystic in Connecticut; and Ogunquit and Monhegan Island in Maine. In these small, intimate settings, artists experimented freely with form, light and color. Crosscurrents includes artists active in these influential colonies, clubs and schools such as Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, William M. Chase, Frank V. Dumond, Theodore Wendel, Charles Woodbury, Jane Peterson, and more. In addition to the antique works, artists from Vose Galleries Contemporary Realist Division have created new works inspired by the galleries’ long history.