Life and Art:
The Greenwich Paintings of John Henry Twachtman
Members opening: October 6, 2020
Open to the public: October 7, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Funded in part by Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Program and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.
An exhibition of 25 paintings will bring viewers into an intimate relationship with the place that American Impressionist John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), one of the most prominent figures in late nineteenth century American art, loved best, the home and land in Greenwich, Conn., where he resided from 1890 – 1899. Together with the catalog, it will enable viewers to consider the relationship between the artist and his subject matter, and his life and creative output, while setting his Greenwich work in the context of American Impressionism and shedding new light on the movement.
It will be the inaugural art exhibition in the Frank Family Foundation located in the new 9,900 square foot museum and library building at the Greenwich Historical Society, which opened to great fanfare in October 2018. It is especially appropriate that Twachtman be the subject given the artist’s residency in Greenwich and his central role in the Cos Cob art colony, where he taught summer classes to over 100 students between 1890 and 1899.
This is the first close exploration of Twachtman’s architectural work and landscaping in relation to his Greenwich art, using new documentation, historical evidence, and a physical examination of the home and property.
The project is strategically important to Greenwich Historical Society, owner of the former Holley boarding house (known today as Bush-Holley House) in which Twachtman painted and conducted summer art classes, sometimes in collaboration with J. Alden Weir. The Bush-Holley House is now a National Historic Landmark and is restored and open to the public. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Greenwich Historical Society seeks to augment its permanent collection on American Impressionist artists of the Cos Cob art colony to feature paintings by Twachtman in its new Permanent Collections Gallery.