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Lyman Allyn Art Museum
625 Williams Street
New London, CT 06320
860.443.2545, ext. 129
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Exhibitions

Brought to Light: European Paintings from the Collection

Robert Rauschenberg: Ruminations

Discovering New Beauty: Watercolor Landscapes of the Northeast


Events

Brought to Light: European Paintings from the Collection
Opening July 12, 2019

This exhibition showcases the Lyman Allyn’s collection of European paintings, highlighting a selection of portraits, history paintings, religious scenes, landscapes, still-lifes, and genre scenes from the early Renaissance through the 19th century. Although European paintings have been part of the collection since the museum’s founding in 1932, the galleries currently emphasize American art, with European paintings infrequently on view.

Brought to Light offers the opportunity to reexamine the museum’s European paintings and share their rich stories with the public. The paintings reflect research and consultations with subject specialists, with the goal of advancing scholarship and better understanding these treasures.
Juan van der Hamen y Leon, Still Life with Cherries, oil on canvas, early 17th Century, LAAM, Gift of N.J. Leigh, 1958.105.

Robert Rauschenberg: Ruminations
June 8 - August 11, 2019

When Rauschenberg launched his career in the early 1950's, the heroic gestural painting of Abstract Expressionism was in its heyday. He challenged this tradition with an egalitarian approach to materials, bringing the stuff of the everyday world into his art. Often working in collaboration with artists, dancers, musicians, and writers, he invented new interdisciplinary modes of artistic practice that helped set the course for art of the present day.

Discovering New Beauty: Watercolor Landscapes of the Northeast
April 27 – August 3, 2019

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of Discovering New Beauty: Watercolor Landscapes of the Northeast. This exhibition features more than 50 works of art examining the varied landscapes of the Northeast over the last century and a half. The show will be on view April 27 through August 3, 2019.

Discovering New Beauty considers how artists have utilized watercolor to depict the Northeast beginning in the 1870s, a time when watercolor experienced a surge in popularity. The formation of the American Society of Painters in Water Color (later, the American Watercolor Society) in 1866 helped to promote the medium and professionalize its use, and watercolor was enthusiastically taken up by a generation of young artists.

Landscapes tell stories about place, history, and belonging, exploring the beauty of the physical world around us. With watercolors from the Lyman Allyn’s permanent collection and from several private collections, this exhibition suggests the range of styles, subjects, and approaches to rendering the

landscape in watercolor. It features views of the sea, the shoreline, forests, fields, and the built environment. Watercolor’s portability and quick drying time has made it particularly useful for artists working outdoors. Some of the objects on view are preparatory sketches for larger paintings in oil or tempera, while others are stand-alone works of art.

“I have made some new walks and discovered new beauties, and believe that I could from Newport scenery make more charming pictures than I ever dreamed of before.”

- William Trost Richards

In 1874, American artist William Trost Richards expressed his delight at exploring the varied Rhode Island landscape. With a rich source of artistic inspiration, Richards painted a series of large-scale watercolor views of Newport over the next decade, striving to “widen the limits of my material.” Using both translucent and opaque watercolor (gouache), Richards and his contemporaries helped popularize and push the boundaries of the medium, giving watercolor a new depth, density, and grandeur that attracted new patrons and audiences.

Included in the exhibition are works by Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880), William Trost Richards (1833-1905), John Henry Hill (1839-1922), William Louis Sonntag, Sr. (1822-1900), Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), John Marin (1870-1953), Robert Henri (1865-1929), Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983), and Beatrice Cuming (1903-1974).

The opening reception will be on Friday, April 26 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Museum members are free and non-members are $10. Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext. 2129.

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