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The Dragon Cloud, Old Lyme, 1903. Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935). Oil on canvas on board, 15 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Charles and Elizabeth Buchanan Collection, 1989.26.

Frederick Childe Hassam was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, but dropped out of high school in his third year. He started to study art seriously in 1877 at the age of 18, and in 1886 moved to Paris to attend the Académie Julian. However, it was not in this academic environment that Hassam first encountered Impressionism. This American Impressionist master was first exposed to Impressionism at various exhibitions in Parisian art galleries. He was deeply influenced by the French Impressionists and quickly began to incorporate their use of broken brushwork, intense colors, and overall light—techniques that he combined with a preference for American subject matter. Soon after his return in 1889, he settled in New York, where he and fellow artists John Twachtman (1853-1902) and J. Alden Weir (1852-1919) organized The Ten. (more…)

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Horizontal Brushstrokes, 2003. Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). Gouache on paper, 60½ x 60½ in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Gift of the Artist, 2003.14.

Sol LeWitt, the internationally renowned conceptual and minimalist artist, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, but lived and was  educated in New Britain. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1949. Before settling in New York, LeWitt served in the Korean War. He attended the School of Visual Arts and worked as a graphic designer at the firm of architect I.M. Pei (b. 1917). His artistic inspiration was also enhanced by the entry-level job that he held at the Museum of Modern Art. Over his lifetime, he was given three exhibitions at the New Britain Museum of American Art to which he donated 1,800 examples of his work. (more…)

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Daisies, 1925. Charles Demuth (1883-1925). Watercolor and graphite on wove paper , 11 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Harriet Russell Stanley Fund, 1947.14.

Continuing our series on The Great American Watercolor exhibition , today we’ll be looking at the works of Charles Demuth and Charles E. Burchfield.

Demuth was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and studied at both Drexel Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. As a young man, Demuth traveled to Paris where he was part of the avant-garde movement and was influenced by the art of Marcel Duchamp. He created many watercolors with a breadth and force of brushwork and color that reflect the Fauve movement in Paris.  Demuth is known as one of America’s first “moderns.” Many of his paintings were left in the hands of fellow artist and friend Georgia O’Keeffe who helped ensure his legacy after his death. (more…)

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