Broken brushstrokes with sunlit tones, everyday scenes portrayed en plein air—a work of Impressionist art is easily identified. Epitomized by the art of Monet and Renoir, the period’s techniques were once considered radical. During the late nineteenth century, a group of Parisian-based revolutionaries chose to brighten instead of blend, to capture the sacred in the simple, leading to one of the most celebrated artistic movements in modern history. The Greenville County Museum of Art pays tribute with Impressionism and the South, displaying 15 American-Impressionist pieces by the talents of Kentucky-born Frank Duveneck, Virginia’s Gari Melchers (above), and Lowcountry artist William P. Silva. Combined, the varied works represent the progressive passion of the Impressionist era.
The Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville; Wednesday–Saturday, 10am–6pm, Sundays, 1pm–5pm. Impressionism and the South is on display through September 16.