The National Arts Club (NAC) is thrilled to launch its 2023–24 exhibitions season with In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870–1940 | Works from the Bank of America Collection. Spanning over two floors of the NAC’s landmark building on Gramercy Park through November 22, this special exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in Our Communities® program and features more than 130 works from influential figures of the American Impressionist movement, including Childe Hassam, George Inness, and John Sloan. Also featured in the exhibition are 13 artists who were Artist Life Members of the NAC, including Daniel Garber, Ernest Lawson, and Robert Spencer.
The exhibition seeks to illuminate the emergence of a uniquely American style in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The artwork reflects the changing mindset of American artists and outlines the evolution and diversity of America’s art colonies, including the New Hope colony in Pennsylvania, of which the National Arts Club maintains its own permanent collection. Across the exhibition, visitors can observe the emergence of radical new ideas and techniques, from the burgeoning influence of French Impressionism to the popularization of working class and urban themes.
Visitors can view pieces such as NAC Artist Life Member Daniel Garber’s lush, movement-filled “Green Mansions” (c. 1934) which he created in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Also part of the New Hope artist colony, painter and fellow Artist Life Member Robert Spencer came to prominence for his depiction of lower-class life in works such as “Afternoon Bathers” (c. 1920), which is also on display. Other American Impressionist masters in the exhibition include George Inness, whose mastery of light, color, and shadow can be seen in such ethereal natural landscapes as “Meadowland in June” (1880).
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