Mobile Museum of Art Presents American Landscapes: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum

The Mobile Museum of Art presents American Landscapes: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, on view through January 2, 2011, features 39 19th and 20th century American paintings, drawn from the permanent collection of The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York.

This selection of landscape paintings, invites viewers to consider how these images of place can trigger our memory, stir our feelings and kindle a yearning for the reassuring familiarity of the past.

View work by artists of the Hudson River School, among the first to record the ‘New Eden’ that was the North American continent. By the middle of the century, the border on the wilderness had been pushed further and further west and the rise of industrialization had begun to transform the topography of the eastern United States. Artists in the post-Civil War period, many of whom traveled to Europe to study, reflected such changes in their choice of landscape subject matter and increased awareness of European painting techniques, both the naturalism of the French Barbizon painters and the optical effects of the French Impressionists. The dramatic effects and carefully composed structure of the majestic landscape gave way to meticulous naturalism; the evocation of specific place, with light and color used to astonishing success. In the twentieth century, Long Island’s East End has continued to attract artists drawn by the beauty of its land and shore.

American Landscapes: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum was organized by The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York. The exhibition is made possible locally by the generous support of the The C. D., Helen and Jeff Glaze Foundation.

Image: Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935)Church at Old Lyme, 1906, oil on canvas. The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, N.Y.

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