American Impressionism: A New Vision at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

By Christian Engel | 15 July 2014

Exhibition preview: American Impressionism: A New Vision, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, until October 19 2014

A painting of a young girl
Frank W Benson, Eleanor (1901). Oil on canvas© Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt are a few of the artists contributing to nearly 80 paintings by some of America’s most renowned artists at the Scottish National Gallery this summer, where the work of a number of less well-known artists – among them Theodore Robinson, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, Edmund Tarbell and John Twachtman – are also showcased.

The exhibition begins with the works of Sargent and Cassatt, whose friendship with French Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Edgar Degas helped to develop and promote Impressionism at the end of the 19th century.

Paintings by these major French artists will demonstrate how closely the Impressionists worked with their American colleagues.

“We know that Americans became great collectors of Impressionism: now we can see how American artists responded to Monet and his fellow Impressionists”, says Michael Clarke, the director of the Scottish National Gallery.

“This should be an eye-opener for European audiences. We are delighted to be hosting its only UK showing.”

  • Open 10am-5pm. Admission £8/£6 (free for under-12s), book online.

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