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Colonies and Destinations

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Edward Redfield (American, 1869-1965). Birches and Harbor, Maine, circa 1920, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation. 


The artworks in "Colonies and Destinations" present similar subject matter to what 19th century landscape painters sought, but with a newly found style. Instead of depicting grandiose natural scenes that are meant to evoke feelings of the sublime, these paintings are more energized and less dramatic. The bright colors, loose brushstrokes, and houses in the scene of Edward Redfield's Birches and Harbor, Maine (ca. 1920) illustrates a shift from artists like Thomas Cole.


Inspired by the close-knit painters of the Hudson River School and European collaboration at places like Monet's studio at Giverny, American artists developed art colonies across the U.S. These locations at Lyme, East Hampton, Woodstock, Taos, and others scattered across the U.S offered inspiration, both in subject matter and artistic partnerships, for new works.


Additional Online Resources


Mint Museum Library Resources

  • The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, edited by Anna O. Marley 
    • While the there aren't any garden paintings in American Made, it is necessary to acknowledge this practice that was popular with the rise of American Impressionism. Marley explains that gardens were important for domestic life and artistic inspiration, but they also provided a place for artists to experiment with plants. Other chapters discuss the more complex connotations of the garden, from the ways gardeners signified their political stances (typically on immigration) by use of native plants, class dynamics of flower prints of flowers using newly invented chromolithography, landscape architecture, and other topics.




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