SOLD Hillside, Springtime, Givernyby Theodore Robinson (1852–1896)
15¾ x 15¾ inches
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, New York
Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York
Private collection, Allentown, Pennsylvania
In Monet’s Light: Theodore Robinson at Giverny, The Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, February 6–May 8, 2005; Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, June 4–September 5, 2005
Important American Paintings, Volume XX: Truth (New York: Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, 2019), plate 24.
A Hillside, Giverny, 1887, oil on canvas, 16¼ x 13 inches; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Giverny, ca. 1888, oil on canvas, 18⅛ x 21⅞ inches; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
Old Church at Giverny, 1891, oil on canvas, 18 x 22⅛ inches; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
The Valley of the Seine, from the Hills of Giverny, 1892, oil on canvas, 25 15/16 x 32⅛ inches; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Note: Robinson lived mostly abroad from 1887 to 1892, with much of that time spent in Giverny, France, home to French impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926), with whom Robinson developed a close relationship. In Giverny Robinson’s “painting acquired the attributes of the French impressionist school, the high color and flickering light, the broken brush stroke and repeated diagonal areas of mottled color, but never losing the form and structure of the American aesthetic.” “Theodore Robinson,” Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, accessed May 20, 2021, https://americanart.si.edu/artist/theodore-robinson-4086.
As one of the first, and most important, American Impressionists, Theodore Robinson helped to introduce the French style to American artists and audiences. His life was one of promise and influence that ended too soon, snuffed out by an asthma attack at the age of forty-three.
Robinson fully immersed himself in French painting, embracing the cosmopolitan current of fin-de-siècle art. After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he formed his Impressionist style at Giverny, alongside Claude Monet. In the 1880s, Monet was considered the leader of the French School, with Americans “flocking” to his home in Giverny. Robinson
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