September 19 - January 9, 2021
Idyllic Times showcases the developing styles of American art from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Tonalism, inspired in part by the Hudson River School, is represented in the exhibition by George Inness, a prominent leader of this artistic style. Tonalists painted landscapes with an overall tone of colored atmosphere or mist. The artists’ color palette typically included neutral hues of brown, green, gray, and blue.
One of the best ways to understand the character and history of America is to look at her paintings, which present personalities, scenes, and ideals that have helped shape her. It is a more tactile and enticing way into history than can come from any written text. A great deal of America is encapsulated in this exhibition, and walking through the gallery will certainly evoke a play of emotions – the innocence of childhood, the awe of nature, and the humor of everyday life.
This exhibition assembles thirty paintings from the holdings of Houston collector Gary T. Leach. Enjoy the journey through these Idyllic Times when the exhibition opens in the Main Gallery on September 19, 2020.”
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