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Caz library to host Impressionism presentation

“Child in Sunlight,” a 1915 painting by Willard Metcalf (1858-1925), will be on display to the public during the presentation “American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life,” at 7 p.m. May 30 in the Cazenovia Public Library.

“Child in Sunlight,” a 1915 painting by Willard Metcalf (1858-1925), will be on display to the public during the presentation “American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life,” at 7 p.m. May 30 in the Cazenovia Public Library.

— All are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 for “American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life,” an insightful commentary by Dr. Paul D’Ambrosio, vice president and chief curator for the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown.

D’Ambrosio has previously spoken at the Cazenovia Public Library on Winslow Homer, Frederic Edwin Church, Grandma Moses, Frederic Remington, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper.

Impressionism was a painting style imported to America after the 1880s. The major catalyst was Paris-based art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s 1886 exhibition of French Impressionist paintings in New York. Comprising nearly 300 paintings by Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet and others, the exhibition marked the beginning of serious interest in Impressionist art on behalf not only of American collectors, but also of American painters.

The artists represented in “American Impressionism: Paintings of Light and Life” were among the first generation of American painters to utilize the techniques of their French counterparts, such as a brighter palette and the use of broken brushwork. While using innovative techniques, they were traditional in their selection of subject matter, seeking out and painting colorful landscapes, beach scenes, urban views and perspectives of small town life. The artists had a particular interest in the way light could be captured on canvas, according to the Fenimore Art Museum website.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library with funds from the Amos Family Foundation, this event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

Additional details on the “Paintings of Light and Life” exhibition at the Fenimore Art Museum may be found at fenimoreartmuseum.org.

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