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John Leslie Breck and the Birth of American Impressionism

May 19, 2017 @ 6:30 AM

John Leslie Breck and the Birth of American Impressionism

In 1887, Boston artist John Leslie Breck was one of the first American artists to visit Giverny, France, the home of renowned French Impressionist Claude Monet. Breck soon became one of the earliest Americans to embrace this radical new movement, which focused on color, light, and immediate reactions to the natural world and modern life rather than more traditional academic approaches to realism and the use of historical and religious subjects. Breck was also one of the first artists to introduce this new style of painting to American audiences.

Inspired by The Mint Museum’s recent acquisition of Breck’s 1888 painting “Suzanne Hoschedé-Monet Sewing,” this talk by Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, the Mint’s Senior Curator of American, Modern, & Contemporary Art, will explore Breck’s work within the context of both European and American Impressionism, considering the work of Monet as well as that of John Singer Sargent, Dennis Miller Bunker, Lila Cabot Perry, Theodore Robinson, Philip Leslie Hale, and others.

Image: John L. Breck (American, 1860 – 1899). Suzanne Hoschedé Monet Sewing, 1888, oil on canvas. Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and courtesy Heather James Fine Art. 2016.25. Collection of The Mint Museum.

Friends of the Mint, organized in 1965, sponsors educational programs about art given by knowledgeable speakers. The offerings are designed to enlighten and increase an understanding of art in its many forms. Members travel to other museums in North Carolina and enjoy the friendships they develop through day visits to area museums and the lectures. Friends’ members receive in depth knowledge of Mint Museum exhibits and events. As part of its mission, the organization contributes to the Mint’s Learning & Engagement department, supporting education and outreach. To learn more or join, click here.


May 19, 2017
6:30 AM
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