Charlie Johnson Lecture Series: “American Impressionism and the Ashcan School: Gari Melchers’s New York Connections”

Telfair Academy Thursday, June 6 | 6 pm

Lecture by Courtney McNeil, Curator of Art

June 6, 2013 | 6 pm | TA

Many of the Telfair’s collection strengths have a strong connection to New York, including examples from the museum’s important American Impressionism and Ashcan School holdings. Highlights will include Childe Hassam’s Avenue of the Allies (1917) and Brooklyn Bridge in Winter (1904), and Ernest Lawson’s Stuyvesant Park in Winter (c. 1907). The show will also feature George Bellows’ Snow-Capped River of 1911, which depicts a view of the Hudson River and the Palisades from Manhattan’s Riverside Park and is one of the Telfair’s most significant and beloved paintings. This painting has spent the past year on view in New York, Washington, and London as part of the major George Bellows retrospective organized by the National Gallery, and will enjoy an exciting homecoming as a centerpiece of the New York Accents. Many of the works included in this section were acquired for the museum by fine arts advisor Gari Melchers, best known for his work as an expatriate artist in Holland, but who maintained a studio and professional affiliations in New York throughout his career.