Sunday, March 14, 2010

Learning About American Impressionism & Tonalism

Today I braved the wind and rain and headed up to the Expo Center in Hartford, CT to visit the Connecticut Spring Antique Show.

While I was there I caught up with Jim Puzinas and his lovely wife Shelley from Blue Heron Fine Art in Cohasset MA.  They had a booth full of gorgeous 19th century American Impressionist and tonalist paintings.

Jim is an expert when it comes to the artists and paintings he represents. He not only understands the art itself but he was able to share with me so many fascinating anecdotes about the history of the paintings, tidbits from the artists lives, and the journeys many of the paintings have taken as they are bought and sold over time. It is really a thrill to get to hear the back story behind a work of art, you become engaged, involved and connected in a special way to the piece.

Below I have a short video that gives you a glimpse at some of the beautiful work that Jim had on display, or view the video on YouTube
nota bene: You'll want to turn up your volume when Jim is speaking to hear him clearly.Jim shares his wealth of knowledge of 19th c American Art and gives us insights into a beautiful American Impressionist painting, Autumn Afternoon by Carlton Chapman. Jim also tells us about my favorite of the exhibit, Shawangunk Mountains a lovely tonalist piece by Lemuel Maynard Wiles the oldest piece Jim had on display in Hartford.

"Autumn Afternoon"
Carlton Chapman
           view this on the Blue Heron Fine Art website  to learn more about this artist and painting

"Shawangunk Mountains"
Lemuel Maynard Wiles
view this painitng on the Blue Heron Fine Art website to learn more about the artist and painting

The anitques show was a wonderful event! I learned a lot and got to view paintings I'd never seen before and learn about some artists that were new to me. I'll be sharing that with you in the coming days so stay tuned!

1 comment:

AutumnLeaves said...

Beautiful paintings, Jan. The one painting by Olive Black (I think you said) reminds me of a recent painting of your own, sans the tree line on the right.