From this country’s beginning, the American landscape has been perhaps the most dominant subject in American painting, inspiring generations of artists.
A unique expression of this began appearing in the early 20th century, when artists adapted the techniques of Impressionism to capture the natural beauty of the California landscape. The result was a style in its own right: California Impressionism, combining aspects of American and European art, and capturing the region’s abundant light and color.
Join CMATO for En Plein Air: An Introduction to California Impressionism with art collector Rich Reitzell, author of From a Versatile Brush: The Life and Art of Jean Mannheim. This illustrated talk complements CMATO’s current exhibit, GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956, a major exhibition widely acknowledged as comprising one of the nation’s greatest collections of early 20th century California Impressionist art.
Reitzell will examine the origins of Impressionism and explore the principal painters of art in California during the period 1900-1930, when plein-air painting was at its zenith, along with the impact of California Impressionism on Southern California.
Admission to En Plein-Air: An Introduction to California Impressionism is free for Museum members and $15 for non-members. Visit cmato.org to register. Members, use promo code MEMBERGIFT.
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