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Impressionism Interpreted: The American Adoption of French Painting 1875–1900

James Malpas, Sotheby's Institute, examines the American responses to French Impressionism by looking at American Impressionists such as Sargent and Hassam.

James Malpas from the Sotheby’s Institute examines the American responses to French Impressionism and looks at the American artists – notably John Singer Sargent, but also lesser-known painters like Frank Weston Benson, Childe Hassam and Lilla Cabot Perry – who adopted many of the stylistic features of Impressionism in their own work. These artists made a unique and distinctly American contribution to Impressionism, using a light and colourful palette to render tranquil landscapes, garden scenes and sympathetic portraits. The lecture begins by exploring the prevalence of Barbizon School paintings as collectibles in 1850–1880s America before looking at how Mary Cassatt and Louisine Havemeyer’s friendship catalysed the start of American collecting of Impressionist paintings. The interplay of Franco-American pictorial influences over forty years will be richly illustrated.


James Malpas | talks


Date and Time:

2 September 2005 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
020 7300 8000

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£14/£6 students (incl. exhibition entry & drink); £10 (incl. a drink)

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