The John and MableRinglingMuseum of Art - Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism from the BrooklynMuseum June 16 September 16, 2007
Spanning the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries, this important exhibition provides a rich and varied perspective on the Impressionist movement in France and the United States. Often considered one of the first bold moves towards abstraction, the Impressionist movement heralded the beginning of modern art.
Ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1920s, these paintings provide abroad sampling of the evolution of the 19th century landscape painting, first in France and later, North America. This impressive group of paintings covers the major developments of the landscape genre, and helps situate the Impressionist movement within the full context of the period.
Looking for new places to paint out-of-doors, French artists abandoned the city and their own studios for the countryside. Working in the natural light, they used bright colors, often applied in short, broken brushstrokes. After the Impressionists were exhibited in North America, the movement slowly gained favor with artists, making it a popular style of painting in the early decades of the 20th century. Works by artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, Alfred Sisley, John Singer Sargent, William Glackens and Frederick Childe Hassam are featured in the exhibition.
What a great surprise! A fine art museum at a circus. Not once in the three times I visited Sarasota - while staying with my sister and her familyat their temporary home there, before continuing to their permanent home in Lima, Peru - and dropped in to see the Ringling Brothers's winter headquarters on the outskirts of Sarasota, did I have an inkling that the premises also housed a fabulous museum of fine art featuring beautiful paintings by reknowned European and American artists. I'm amazed now to find out, thanks to your excellent post, that the art collection amassed by John and Mable Ringling in the early 1900s has been on display in Sarasota to the general public since 1931. Wow! For sure now, when next we travel to the south-west part of Florida, we'll make a point of visiting the Ringling Museum of Art, which is apparently also the official State Art Museum of Florida!