Charles Harold Davis (American, 1856-1933)
The Old Pasture, c. 1919
Bruce Museum Collection 00029

Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
The Mill Pond, Cos Cob, 1902
Oil on canvas, 26¼ x 18¼ in.
Anonymous gift
Bruce Museum Collection 94.25

Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism

March 22, 2014 - June 22, 2014

The exhibition offers a tour of Connecticut’s landscapes painted by American Impressionist artists including Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, John Henry Twachtman, Leonard Ochtman and others.

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Before the turn of the 20th century, Connecticut was a birthplace of American Impressionism, as artists sought a nearby, rural respite from the burgeoning urban and rapidly industrializing world. While their artistic predecessors, the landscape painters of the Hudson River School, had championed dramatic landscapes of panoramic sweep and awe-inspiring majesty,  the artists who came of age after the calamity and chaos of the Civil War sought a more intimate, bucolic and orderly landscape. They found these reassuring views among the farms, rolling hills, rivers and picturesque shoreline of Connecticut.

While steeped in pre-Revolutionary history, Connecticut was readily accessible by train to these escaping urbanites, many of whom had winter studios in New York City. Artists’ colonies sprang up in Cos Cob and Old Lyme and landscapists took to recording favored sites in places like Branchville, Farmington, Mystic and the Litchfield Hills. The names of these artists – John H. Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, and Theodore Robinson – are among the most famous landscapists in American art history.

Drawn from the permanent collection of the Bruce, private collectors, area museums, and the trade, this exhibition speaks to the quality and beauty of this perennially popular art. It also attests to the important role that these landscapes played in helping the country heal and reassert timeless, reassuring values, after an era of wrenching conflict.

The show is generously underwritten by People’s United Bank, a Committee of Honor co-chaired by Leora Levy and Alice Melly, a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a compelling cell phone audio tour guide program, Guide by Cell, generously underwritten by Nat and Lucy Day. The Guide by Cell program for Pasture to Pond: Connecticut Impressionism will include a driving tour of sites in Greenwich that are featured in some of the paintings on view. Easy to follow Guide by Cell instructions will be available at the front admissions desk. This video of the driving tour may also be viewed on your desk top computer or mobile device.

Pasture to Pond Driving: Connecticut Impressionism from Bruce Museum on Vimeo.

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For public programs related to this exhibition click here.

Organized by the Bruce Museum with support from

Connecticut Office of the Arts