Impressionism takes over the Harn

But Gainesville residents have a rare chance to view four Monet paintings along with important works by 24 American impressionists in “Monet and American Impressionism,” a new exhibition that opened Feb. 3 and continues through May 24 at the Harn Museum of Art.

“What’s unique about this show is the number of important American artists,” said Dulce Roman, the Harn’s curator of modern art.

The exhibition features 81 works of art, Roman said: 48 oil paintings, 28 prints, two bronze sculptures, two watercolors and one pastel.

Rebecca Nagy, director of the Harn, said it is somewhat unusual for a university art museum to tackle an exhibition this ambitious. And she said Roman has been researching this topic for nearly five years.

In the late 1880s, American artists began traveling to Giverny, France, where Monet painted and eventually resided. His use of loose brush strokes, vibrant colors and unusual cropping is the foundation

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