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A Moveable Feast with Therese Dolan

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A Moveable Feast: French Influences on Pennsylvania Impressionism with Therese Dolan

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Many Philadelphia artists in the late 19th century trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and were often encouraged to study abroad. The sojourns in France taken by the Pennsylvania Impressionists, their exposure to the Impressionist aesthetic through the Paul Durand-Ruel Gallery in New York in 1886, and their contact with other American Impressionists helped them to see the potential of conveying their local subject matter in newly expressive ways. Their depiction of seaside pleasures, secluded rural roads, and quiet villages gained authenticity from their exposure to foreign art. They saw how they could infuse the feel of their home country, its particular light and native plantings, its colonial architecture and hand-crafted farm implements with a sense of their native traditions while adapting the modernist style that had emerged in France. If some of the technique of their art originated in a French syntax, the prose that emerged from their work was decidedly American.

Therese Dolan is an emerita professor of Art History at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University where she served as Interim Dean, Chair of the Department of Art History, and was the recipient of a Lindback Award for Teaching and a Great Teacher Award. She has lectured widely in America and Europe and has published widely on the subject of French and American nineteenth and twentieth-century art, literature and music. Her fifth book "Salut! The French Presence in Philadelphia,” co-authored with Lynn Miller, will be published shortly by Temple University Press.

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