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‘Summer of Impressionism’ to open at the Crocker

By May 6, 2011

Museum curators in Northern California noticed the great numbers of art lovers from our area who attended the landmark exhibits of historic impressionist works on loan from the Musée d’Orsay at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. So much so, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento will unveil “The Summer of Impressionism” on May 14.

The exhibit will encompass three separate exhibits.

“Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870-1940” will illustrate how American artists were influenced by French innovators. This diverse group of artists had styles that varied greatly during this time of innovation an experimentation. An artist could be influenced by texture, light, location — any number of variables. This exhibition will feature 125 paintings from the Bank of America Collection. Those who love landscapes will be fascinated to see how landscape painting developed and evolved during this time period.

Some works will have a Monet-like appeal; others reflect the influences of Van Gogh and other famous Impressionists. Take note of how the plein-aire movement influenced these artists, also. The very locations where a work was created could strongly influence choices in color, tone and mood.

Prominent American artists in the exhibit include George Bellows, George Inness, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, Lilla Cabot Perry and Julian Alden Weir. This exhibit will open at noon on Saturday, May 14.

“Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism,” will feature more landscape works. This exhibit will open on June 11.

“Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff.” This exhibit of the “king of the rose painters” will open on June 25.

Check the Crocker’s website in the “Learn + Do” section often to see what tours, talks and activities are offered. The Crocker offers a weekend “Q&A” tour that emphasizes looking, conversation and group interaction. There are also special lectures planned, including one on May 17 to discuss “Color Transformations in Impressionism: On the Canvas.” Dr. John S. Werner, a distinguished professor from the UC Davis Eye Center, will examine the science of color as it was understood during the age if Impressionism, and how the aging or ailing eye experiences color. Tickets for this event can be ordered online or by phone from the Crocker.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O St. in downtown Sacramento. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for college students and seniors 65 and better, $5 for youth ages 7 to 17 and free for children ages 6 and younger. Every Third Sunday is “Pay What You Wish Sunday.”

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Closed Monday.

For more information call (916) 808-7000 or visit

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Susan Laird


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