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Episode #108 American Impressionism
David Dunlop painting at Monet's Water Lily Garden at Giverny, France
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Florence Griswold Museum Garden, Old Lyme, CT


Old Lyme, close to New York and Boston -- a popular artist colony at the turn of the century, offered many parallels to Claude Monet's home of Giverny, France. Willard Metcalf painted poppy fields in France and in Old Lyme, Childe Hassam painted flower gardens in both places, and J. Alden Weir painted the gardens in France and his home in Connecticut. In this episode, David looks at the origins of the French Impressionist idea of sensual delight in a mid-day sunlit garden. He takes us through the Griswold garden, demonstrating how American Impressionists created the sensual experience of interwoven color, texture, and movement from a palette of colors painted outside “ or en plein air, a term made popular during this time. 

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