“John Leslie Breck: American Impressionist”
Charlotte, North Carolina
Through January 2, 2022
Inspired by its 2016 acquisition of Breck’s canvas “Suzanne Hoschedé-Monet Sewing,” the Mint Museum has organized “John Leslie Breck: American Impressionist,” the first modern retrospective dedicated to this influential artist who died in his late 30s. It includes approximately 70 works drawn from public and private collections, some not shown for more than a century.
In 1887, Breck co-founded the American art colony near Claude Monet’s home at Giverny and then broke new ground by exhibiting his Impressionist paintings back at home. When he relocated to the Boston area in the 1890s, he helped popularize the still-new style.
More than 10 related paintings by Breck’s French and American colleagues, including Theodore Robinson, Willard Metcalf, and Lila Cabot Perry, have been included to help visitors understand his central role in the movement they all championed.
The exhibition will move to Memphis’s Dixon Gallery & Gardens (January 22–March 27, 2022) and finally the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa (May 28–August 21, 2022).
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