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5ThefirstgroupexhibitofworksbytheFrenchImpressioniststookplaceinParisFrancein1874.IronicallyfewoftheAmericanartistswholaterbecameknownasAmericanImpressioniststookmuchnoticeoftheseexhibitswhilestudyingartinParis.ItseemshardtobelievethatthisnowfamousgroupofartistswhichincludesClaudeMonetEdgarDegasPierre-AugusteRenoirdouardManetMaryCassattBertheMorisotAlfredSisleyCamillePissarroandGustaveCaillebotteexhibitedtogetheronlyeighttimesuntil1886buttheirpaintingstylehadamarkedinfluenceonartistsaroundtheworldx13andonthehistoryofart.ManyyoungAmericanartiststraveledtoParisinthe1870sand1880sthentheartcapitaloftheworldtoroundouttheirAmericanacademicartstudiesthemajorityattheAcadmieJulian.ThefirstAmericanImpressionistcanvasespaintedintheUnitedStatesbyrepatriatedartistsoccurredinthelate1880swiththeexceptionofexpatriateartistsJohnSingerSargentandMaryCassattwhowerecreatingimpressionistpaintingsearlierfollowingaflurryofU.S.exhibitsofFrenchImpressionistworksandtheinterestofanumberofprominentAmericancollectorsinacquiringworksbyMonetRenoirPissarroManetSisleyandothersx13thusvalidatingthestyleinAmerica.Americanimpressionistpaintersoftencombinedacademictrainingwiththemoreradicalimpressionisttechniquesselectingandfocusingononeormoreofthetenetsofimpressionismsuchasincorporatingabrokenbrushworkprismaticlightatmosphericandorclimateeffectsonanobjectobservingsketchingandpaintingout-of-doorsenpleinairorthedepictionofmodernsubjectmatterx13especiallyleisure-timeactivities.ThepermanentcollectionoftheHuntingtonMuseumofArtholdsatreasuretroveofAmericanImpressionistpaintings.Thisexhibitionwillpresenttheseimportantandpopularworkspaintedbymanyofthebest-knownAmericanimpressionistsincludingChildeHassamJ.AldenWeirWillardL.MetcalfJohnH.TwachtmanJohnSingerSargentFrankBensonEdwardWillisRedfieldW.ElmerSchofieldArthurMeltzerandmanyothers.ThisexhibitissponsoredbyTheKatherineandHermanPughExhibitionsEndowmentWestVirginiaDivisionofCultureandHistoryandtheWestVirginiaCommissionontheArts.AmericanImpressionismMay262012-April72013GalleryThreeChildeHassamAmerican1859-1935Lincolnx19sBirthdayFlagsx1319181918.Oiloncanvas.GiftofRuthWoodsDayton1967.1.122