This extraordinary exhibition, drawn from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed.
Seventy paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting which developed at the end of the 19th century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life, including both urban and rural settings when artists preferred to paint outdoors and capture changing effects of light during different times of day and seasons of the year.
Artists include Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Berthe Morisot, and more.
The Museum collaborated with the Asheville Symphony to enhance the dynamic visual experience of Across the Atlantic through a second sense: sound. Musicians from the Symphony selected and recorded music composed in France and the United States by George Gershwin, Claude Debussy, and others at the same time as these artworks’ creation. Immerse yourself in the musical experience daily at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm, with additional streams at 6pm and 8pm on Thursday evenings. To listen to similar music at other times on your smart device, access the Asheville Art Museum’s Across the Atlantic playlist on YouTube here.
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