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Impressionism in the South
Impressionism in the South presents works of art that are painted with vivid color, obvious brushstrokes, and an emphasis on the fleeting effects of light. After its beginnings in France in the 1870s and 1880s and its introduction to America through exhibitions in New York and Boston in the late 1880s, impressionism flourished here. Even after artists began to paint in more modern styles, impressionism continued to thrive in certain regions and for an especially long time in the South. The Yellow Parasol, by Louis Betts, from Arkansas, is an example of a successful impressionist painting. Its bright colors, the suggestion of a subject rather than a careful drawing, and attention to the effects of light identify it as impressionist by definition. Other artists took a similar approach to dissimilar subjects, everything from a rainbow to a doorway in Charleston.

 
Gari Melchers
Gari Melchers, Rainbow, c. 1925. Oil on canvas; 27¼ x 30 inches.
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