DOYLESTOWN What’s universally known as impressionistic art originated out of a 19th century rivalry between French masters Eugene Delacroix and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.
As the collection at Doylestown’s James A. Michener Art Museum shows, the early 20th century artists in our area were influenced by the movement. So what’s an institution that takes pride in its Pennsylvania impressionist paintings doing hosting an exhibition titled “The Death of Impressionism?”
The full title is “The Death of Impressionism? Disruption Innovation in Art” — note the question mark. It’s a reference to a rift between the emerging modernists and the perceived old guard, that began in 1913 and reverberated for decades.
The major fall exhibit features works as old as the 1870s, up to pieces that were completed within the past few years.
“The Death of Impressionism?”, said Michener Museum Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest chief curator Kirsten M. Jensen, is about how every avant-garde becomes “the