Periods, Groups & Movements: North American Impressionism
(also see Cassatt, California Art, The Ten, Masters after 1800, Hassam)
Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery by A. K Prakash – Hardcover: 802 pages; Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt (December 20, 2014)

With this publication a comprehensive study of Impressionism in Canada is available for the first time: from its beginnings in France, via the dissemination of the new style through artists, gallerists, dealers and collectors in North America, and its incorporation into and propagation within a hitherto conservative milieu, to the reception of Canadian Impressionism both nationally and internationally.

American Impressionism: A New Vision, 1880–1900 by Katherine M. Bourguignon, Frances Fowle, Richard R. Brettell – Paperback: 160 pages; Editions Hazan, Paris (August 12, 2014)

This lively, beautifully illustrated book focuses on a group of American artists who applied Impressionist ideas and techniques to American subjects, and in so doing, they attracted and cultivated an enthusiastic American audience. These artists, including Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Theodore Robinson, William Merritt Chase, and Childe Hassam, invented a new and highly diverse formulation of the Impressionist movement.

American Impressionism: The Beauty of Work by Susan G. Larkin – Paperback: 192 pages; Frances Lincoln (January 25, 2007)

The theme of work as depicted by American Impressionisms, showing laborers as dignified and sometimes heroic, expressing the American belief in the nobility of honest toil.

The Golden Age of American Impressionism by William H. Gerdts, Carol Lowrey – Hardcover: 128 pages; Watson-Guptill Publications (October 1, 2003)

American originals such as Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Julian Alden Weir, John Twachtman, and many others are given a glorious showcase in this full-color collection of the masterworks of American impressionism. The Golden Age of American Impressionism presents both the artists and the movement at their respective peaks, and is released at an opportune time, as the art world's interest in this singular movement is experiencing a reawakening. These luminous paintings are accompanied by in-depth examinations of the artists themselves. The book also discusses the various regional movements within American impressionism—from the rustic towns of Old Lyme, New Hope, and Cos Cob to artist colonies across the Atlantic in Giverny and Grez in France. Written by the leading authority on the movement, this rich history of a gilded time in American art also serves as a catalog of an upcoming exhibit at the Hechscher Museum of American Art in Huntington, Long Island.

Masters of Light: Plein-Air Painting in California 1890-1930 by Jean Stern – Hardcover: 200 pages; The Irvine Museum; 1st edition (2002)

Mounted as the first exhibition of California Impressionist paintings, the Irvine Museum exhibit drew record crowds in Paris and throughout Europe. This book contains some of the very best work of 58 California artists, some of whom studied in France including Alson Clark, Alfred Mitchell, Guy Rose, William Ritschel and many others. 200 pages, 110 color illustrations.

California Impressionism by William H. Gerdts, Will South – Hardcover: 284 pages; Abbeville Press, Inc., 1998

Lavishly illustrated, meticulously researched, and gracefully written, this definitive study of California's distinctive style of impressionism surveys the movement's sources abroad, its most influential artists, and the critical responses to the style. 248 illustrations, 201 in color.

California Impressionists by Susan Landauer, Donald D. Keyes, Jean Stern – Hardcover: 100 pages; University of California Press (July 6, 1996) Best Seller

This book celebrates forty Impressionist painters who worked in California from 1900 through the beginning of the Great Depression.

A joint effort of The Irvine Museum and the Georgia Museum of Art, it includes widely recognized California artists such as Maurice Braun and Guy Rose, less well known artists such as Mary DeNeale Morgan and Donna Schuster, and eastern painters who worked briefly in the region, such as Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase.

Impressionist New York by William H. Gerdts – Hardcover: 224 pages; Abbeville Press, Inc. (March 1997)

The turn of the century in America experienced both the peak of the aesthetics of impressionism and widespread growth in its greatest city—New York. Like the French impressionists in Paris, many American impressionists took to the streets, using the realities of urban life as the subject of their work. An authority on American impressionism, Dr. William H. Gerdts provides a thorough chronicle of this work and the time in which it was painted—one of public consciousness and celebration.

American Painters in the Age of Impressionism by Emily Ballew Neff, George T.M. Shackelford – Paperback: 144 pages; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; 1st edition (December 1, 1994)

American Painters in the Age of Impressionism surveys American art from the 1870s to the 1920s, encompassing both the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876 and the Armory show of 1913. This catalogue, published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in conjunction with the exhibition held at the museum from December, 1994, to March, 1995, features more than seventy color plates.

After the Civil War, American art underwent a radical reorientation. No longer bent on creating a "national" art that would define the unique qualities of the American experience, American artists cast their eyes and minds across the Atlantic, eager to absorb European currents of artmaking.

The works of such artists as Winslow Homer, George Inness, and Mary Cassatt are displayed here in a gallery setting intended to evoke the kaleidoscopic exhibition experience of the late-nineteenth-century viewer.

These paintings come from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (particularly the Wintermann Collection of American Art), the Dallas Museum of Art, the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, and the San Antonio Museum of Art, and from numerous private collections.

Minnesota Impressionists by Rena Neumann Coen, William H. Gerdts – Hardcove: 96 pages; (October 1996) Afton Historical Society Press

Examines Impressionist pictures in Minnesota from both a local and national perspective. The period covered is pre-1940. Twenty-seven Minnesota artists and their paintings are addressed in separate essays, arranged alphabetically for easy reference.

The Pennsylvania Impressionists by Thomas C. Folk – Hardcover: 136 pages; Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (December 1, 1997)

From the well-known Redfield to the little known Robert Spencer, "The Pennsylvania Impressionists" contains a wealth of American Art knowledge. The author Thomas C. Folk should be commended for writing such a comprehensive piece.

American Impressionism: An Exhibition and Sale of Paintings, Watercolors, Pastels and Drawings, November 7-December 7, 1985, Coe Kerr Gallery, New York, NY by Warren Adelson (Introduction) – Paperback: 45 pages; Publisher: Coe Kerr Gallery; 1st edition (1985)

Catalogue of an exhibition at the Coe Kerr Gallery in New York City held from November 7 to December 7, 1985. Artists exhibited include George Bellows, Robert Blum, Emil Carlsen, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, William Glackens, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, John La Farge, George Luks, E. Murray MacKay, Richard E. Miller, Charles Prendergast, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, Everett Shinn, Emily Burling Waite and J. Alden Weir. There are 45 color illustrations on coated stock.

Joseph Kleitsch:
A Kaleidoscope of Color
by Patricia Trenton – Hardcover: 383 pages; The Irvine Museum (2007)


Masters of Light: Selections of American Impressionism from the Manoogian Collection by Jennifer A. Bailey, Lucinda H. Gedeon, Kevin Sharp – Paperback: 136 pages; Vero Beach Museum of Art (July 30, 2006)

Featuring contributions by some of the clearest voices and leading authorities on American Impressionism, Masters of Light brings into the spotlight brilliant and rarely seen paintings while illuminating their place in the larger currents of American art history. An essay by Kevin Sharp, "The Americanization of Impressionism," examines the unintentional circumstances and deliberate efforts that transformed Impressionism from an expression of the French vanguard into an international style, and eventually, into a peculiarly American enterprise. Long recognized as the premier private holding of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American paintings in the world, the Manoogian Collection runs especially broad and deep in the area of American Impressionism, and includes many of the essential works produced by the painters who would become the "Masters of Light."

Pennsylvania Impressionism by Brian H. Peterson, William H. Gerdts – Hardcover: 340 pages; University of Pennsylvania Press (September 1, 2002)

The book is lavishly illustrated with 369 color reproductions, and includes biographies of eighty-four artists, many never before published. The history of the Bucks County art colony is explored by Brian H. Peterson, who also suggests new ways of understanding the art and artists who made their home in the area. Sylvia Yount eloquently weaves together the historic foundations of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and its impact on the Pennsylvania impressionists. Noted art historian William H. Gerdts provides a comprehensive study of the art colony movement and its roots, and includes a comprehensive bibliography on that bygone era.

Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist by Erica E. Hirshler – Hardcover: 190 pages; Antique Collectors Club Ltd (May 1, 1995)


American Impressionism by William H. Gerdts – Hardcover: 336 pages; Abbeville Press; New edition (September 1995)

Years in the making, this elegant and far-ranging volume has helped establish the ever-growing passion for American Impressionism and remains the most invaluable source of information on the subject. Called "the best book ever written on the subject" by Artforum, it includes reproductions of all the masterworks. 400 illustrations, 200 in color.

Canadian Impressionism by Paul Duval – Hardcover: 166 pages; McClelland & Stewart Ltd; 1st edition (1990)


Visions of Light and Air: Canadian Impressionism, 1885-1920 by Carol Lowrey, Americas Society Art Gallery – Paperback: 152 pages; Americas Society (January 1, 1996)


American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum by Elizabeth Prelinger – Paperback: 109 pages; Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (June 15, 2000)

The best work of American artists influenced by European Impressionism comes together in these appealing pages. As a generation of painters studied abroad and absorbed new approaches to light, palette, and composition, their landscapes, cityscapes, figural paintings, and still lifes began to exude their own distinct departures from academic styles. Shown are works by James McNeill Whistler, Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, Maria Oakey Dewing, William Merritt Chase, Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson, Maurice Prendergast, and others.

The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore by Susan G. Larkin – Hardcover: 256 pages; Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2001)

From the Van Gogh-like strokes of Childe Hassam to Elmer MacRae's near-cubist hollyhocks, The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressions on the Connecticut Shore offers an in-depth look at a lesser-known American movement.

Visions of Home: American Impressionist Images of Suburban Leisure and Country Comfort by Lisa N. Peters, Jack Becker, Peter M. Lukehart, Trout Gallery – Paperback: 144 pages; University Press of New England (April 1997)

American Impressionism paintings between 1890 and 1925 exemplify the search for traditional American values.

American Impressionism: Paintings of Promise by David R. Brigham – Hardcover: 88 pages; Pomegranate, 1997

Forty-seven reproductions and their accompanying text celebrate the works of painters such as Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and John Twachtman. Brigham, curator of American art at the Worcester Art Museum, explores the significance of the contrast between the American Impressionists' serene, almost idyllic representations and the economic, social, and political turbulence that characterized turn-of-the-century America. —Annotation © by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

American Impressionism and Realism The Painting of Modern Life, 1885-1915 by H. Barbara Weinberg, David Park Curry, Doreen Bolger – Hardcover: 400 pages; Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1994)

These painting styles have received oodles of attention from art historians of late, and one might wonder what more there is to be said on the subject. Happily, this volume offers novel approaches and outstandingly handsome illustrations, nearly half in color. Insightful commentary is arranged thematically and begins with the American twist given to Impressionism, a style essentially born and developed in France. Through essays on country, city, and home, the authors examine how the subject matter reflected the nature of American life and culture during that era. The catalog is to accompany a nationwide traveling exhibition. Appendixes include lists of works contained in and lenders to the exhibition, as well as biographies of the painters. Highly recommended for general as well as scholarly readers. —Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, N.Y. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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