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  American Impressions: An Arcadian Vision
Paintings That Delight the Senses and Elevate the Spirit
At the Hudson River Museum , June 4 to September 5, 2005

YONKERS, May 18, 2005— American Impressions: An Arcadian Vision, Paintings from the Akron Art Museum brings beautiful art and an aura of serene times to the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, from June 4 through September 5, 2005. The exhibition’s 35 paintings include works by George Inness, Ralph Blakelock, Thomas Wilmer Dewing as well as William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, Frederick Frieseke, William Morris Hunt, Willard Metcalf, Elihu Vedder, and Julian Weir.

Landscapes, Portraits and Still Lifes
Beautiful commentaries on a world of quiet countrysides and charming interiors, these turn-of-the-century landscapes, portraits and still lifes capture the last moments of innocence before two world wars, the Depression, and industrialization that quickened the pace of a society of relative quietude to a country of overwhelming consumerism and instant communication.

As the twentieth century began, artists reacted against its social upheavals that included the women’s suffrage movement, and painted, instead, pastoral views and domestic scenes that showed a world of order and elegance. Whether or not the industrialist tycoons who collected these paintings actually sought escape from the teeming cities and factories that made them rich, they certainly were nostalgically attracted to them.

There was a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the American art world following the Civil War. Its artists, disillusioned with patriotic art, turned to Europe for cultural standards, traveling and studying there, especially Paris and Munich . Nearly every artist in this exhibition traveled to Europe for instruction and inspiration. Some, such as Weir, Hassam, Twachtman, and Frieseke employed Impressionistic techniques. Others, such as Ralph Blakelock and Dwight Tryon, drew inspiration from France ’s Barbizon painters and developed a Tonalist technique, characterized by simplified compositions, a limited range of colors and a merging of figures with their landscapes to emphasize humankind’s connection to nature.

The Hudson River Museum is the only New York museum to show this collection. The core comes from Edwin C. Shaw, an Akron industrialist who amassed over 200 works. Shaw, like other industrialist executives, embraced cutting-edge technology and urban living, but also sought to uphold America ’s cultural history through collections of paintings that are lyrical expressions of beauty and refinement.

This exhibition was organized by The Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington , D.C.   The Hudson River Museum 's presentation has been made possible, in part, by support from Adelson Galleries, Inc., Entergy Nuclear Northeast, Merrill Lynch Private Client, and PepsiCo, Inc. Ginsburg Development, LLC., and U.S. Trust.

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