Review: American Impressionism exhibit fascinating at Springfield Museums

SPRINGFIELD – Mention Impressionism and most people think of slightly out-of-focus, down-to-earth paintings by French artists.

Names like Monet, Degas and Renoir spring to mind.

But closer to home, about a century ago, many American artists created terrific Impressionistic art featuring familiar landscapes in New England and across America.

And through Oct. 25, you can see a wide range of beautiful, moving paintings from this era in “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony,” an exhibit presented by the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Springfield Museums.

The exhibit features more than one hundred works, including 80 oil paintings and nearly 30 works on paper created during the golden age of American Impressionism between the 1880s and 1940s.

Rather than simply organizing the art in chronological order, the paintings and drawings in the exhibit in Springfield are organized based on the artists’ colonies where the paintings were created or where the artists trained

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