GIVERNY, France — Mottled brushstrokes capture the sunset on a haystack, vivid hues fragment forest grass, while hazy edges give life to Normandy trees as they dance in the breeze.
These are typical scenes of the renowned 19th century French art movement Impressionism. But there is one major difference: they’re all painted by Americans.
A new exhibit at Normandy’s Impressionism Museum tells for the first time the little-known story of American Impressionism from where it all began — at the picturesque water lily-filled Giverny gardens where master Claude Monet painted his best-loved works.
“From the very beginning of this movement which began here in Giverny, there were Americans here at the forefront. The French don’t always like to admit it,” said museum director Diego Candil.
The collection of 80 paintings, loaned from top galleries in the United States and Britain, shows