American painters embraced Impressionism and its principles—painting outdoors, capturing the effects of light and color, and using the brush more expressively—by the end of the 19th century. Some traveled abroad to follow in the footsteps of their French predecessors, while others adapted Impressionism's palette and technique to their native landscapes. The New England coast was a popular subject among American Impressionists. Its sparkling water, lush greenery, and brilliant sunlight offered artists an opportunity to show off their skills, as the Riviera and the Normandy coast had for French Impressionists.
Some of the artists on view in this gallery include Childe Hassam and Ross Sterling Turner.