It looks like an art exhibit, when in fact it’s a family tree.
“The Richman Gifts: American Impressionism and Realism,” now at the Norton Museum of Art, is a window into how generations of early 20th century American painters influenced one another.
This collection of 11 paintings given to the museum — a “promised gift” from trustees Priscilla and John Richman upon their passing — allows you to follow how two schools of early American artists developed on different vines.
Together, they fill what the exhibit’s curator called a void in museum founder Ralph Norton’s otherwise strong collection of American artists. Seven of the 10 artists in the exhibit are new to the Norton.
“There are not so many examples that it overwhelms you,” curator Ellen Roberts said. “People can come and really study the work individually.”
First, the impressionists — influenced by Claude Monet — whose connections read like something out of the Old