Despite their different backgrounds, many parallels exist in the works of Impressionist artists Claude Monet and John Henry Twachtman in the 1890s. In this decade both depicted the countryside locations where they established family homes on extensive pieces of property―Monet in Giverny, France, and Twachtman in Greenwich, Connecticut. Both artists modified their surroundings to create aesthetically unified environments, which they captured in their paintings. Both also created serial images, exploring the perceptual, temporal and emotional subtleties of certain views through different weather and light conditions, seen from varied vantage points.
In this lecture, curator Lisa N. Peters will explore reasons for these similarities between Twachtman and Monet, placing them within the context of changes in the 1890s in the Impressionist movement that impacted both artists.
Lisa N. Peters, Ph.D. is the curator of Life and Art: The Greenwich Paintings of John Henry Twachtman at the Greenwich Historical Society and the author of its accompanying catalogue. She is also the author of John Henry Twachtman Catalogue Raisonné, a free digital resource undertaken in collaboration with the Greenwich Historical Society. Peters is an independent art historian and curator. Her previous publications on Twachtman include John Henry Twachtman: An American Impressionist (High Museum of Art, Atlanta). She has published many other articles and exhibition catalogues on topics in American art.