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Montclair Art Museum presents major survey of American Art, 1870–1940

Beginning February 7, 2016, the Montclair Art Museum will present a sweeping survey of American art at the turn of the 20th century, American Visions: 1870–1940, Works from the Bank of America Collection. The exhibition provides a thought-provoking historical context for American Impressionism by positioning it between the Hudson River School—whose majestic landscapes influenced, then gradually gave way to, French Impressionist–inspired works—and the modernist trends evident in the later pieces on view. It will continue through June 19, 2016.

American Visions: 1870–1940 traces the emergence of a truly American style of painting by concentrating on regional artists’ colonies established across the United States during this period. The areas represented range from Cos Cob and Old Lyme, Connecticut to Boston, Gloucester, and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, to New Hope, Pennsylvania, to Illinois and Missouri, to New Mexico and California. An entire section of the exhibition is devoted to Native American cultures around New Mexico, complementing MAM’s Native American permanent collection.

The exhibition features works by a diverse group of over 70 artists including Childe Hassam, Thomas Moran, John Sloan, Ernest Lawson, Daniel Garber, George Bellows, Lila Cabot Perry, and Guy Carleton Wiggins. The variety of work explores the ways in which local artists interpreted America’s rural, maritime, and urban spaces. Portraying daily life and the world around them, these artists often used the Impressionist devices of capturing a moment in time with brisk, broken brushstrokes, a vibrant palette, and atmospheric effects. A special section in MAM’s George Inness Gallery will feature artists including William Morris Hunt and Inness, who were influenced by the informal compositions of French painting alongside atmospheric landscapes later characterized as Tonalist by other artists such as Charles Warren Eaton.

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American Visions: 1870–1940 features 84 paintings and works on paper from the Bank of America Art in our Communities program. “The arts enrich our communities, celebrate the past and inspire our future,” said Bob Doherty, New Jersey state president for Bank of America. “We’re proud to partner with the Montclair Art Museum by lending pieces from our Bank of America Collection for the benefit of all visitors. By sharing these dynamic works of American art, we hope to foster great learning and inspiration.”

The exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum is organized by Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator.



Charles Curtis Allen

John Noble Barlow

Gifford Beal

George Wesley Bellows

Gerrit A. Beneker
Oscar Berninghaus

Theresa Bernstein
Albert Bierstadt
Ernest Blumenschein
Karl Buehr
John F. Carlson

Clarence K. Chatterton

Kathryn E. Cherry

Antonio Cirino
Alson Clark

Samuel Colman

Lucy S. Conant

Colin Campbell Cooper
Bruce Crane

Jasper Cropsey

Charles Harold Davis

Arthur Wesley Dow

Charles Warren Eaton

John Joseph Enneking

Gertrude Fiske

Daniel Garber

Sanford Gifford

Arthur Clifton Goodwin

James Jeffrey Grant

Abbott Fuller Graves

John Olson Hammerstad

Armin Carl Hansen

Childe Hassam

E. Martin Hennings

Herman Herzog

Ransom Gillet Holdredge

Felicie Waldo Howell

William Morris Hunt

George Inness, Jr.

George Inness

Wilson Irvine

Ernest Lawson

Jonas Lie

Philip Little

Thomas Moran

Frank Nuderscher

Robert Emmett Owen

Lawson S. Parker

Edgar Alwin Payne

Lila Cabot Perry

Jane Peterson

Edward Willis Redfield

William Trost Richards

Henry Orne Rider

Louis Ritman

Walter Elmer Schofield

Joseph Henry Sharp

Louis Sharp

John Sloan

Robert Spencer

Lester Stevens

Dwight Tryon

Frederick Waugh

Guy Carleton Wiggins

Charles Allan Winter

Charles Woodbury

Mabel Woodward

Alexander H. Wyant


Selected Art Colonies Featured in the Exhibition


  • Cape Ann/Gloucester (Massachusetts)
  • Old Lyme (Connecticut)
  • Montclair (New Jersey)
  • New Hope (Pennsylvania)
  • Hoosier (Indiana)
  • Chicago (Illinois)
  • Taos (New Mexico)
  • Carmel/Monterey/Catalina (California)
  • Southern California/Pasadena (California)


Public Programs

Public and family programs accompanying the exhibition will provide fun, education, and inspiration for all ages. Visit for updates and to purchase tickets. Highlights include:


American Artist Colonies Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.

$12 members/$15 nonmembers/$5 student with ID

Inspired by MAM’s special exhibition American Visions: 1870-1940, Works from the Bank of America Collection, Professor Adrienne Baxter Bell, art historian and author, will moderate a panel discussion on the emergence of American artist colonies, including the Montclair Art Colony of the late 19th century, as well as on artists’ interpretations of America’s rural, maritime, and urban spaces, then and now.

Family Day

Sunday, May 22, 1–4 p.m.

$10 nonmember family (up to 6 people)/FREE Family-level members and above

Participate in a day of exploration with many dynamic Museum-wide art activities reflecting MAM’s current exhibition, American Visions: 1870-1940, Works from the Bank of America Collection.


Group and School Tours

Group and school tours may be booked by calling 973-259-5136 or emailing


Exhibition Website

The Museum will maintain a site dedicated to the exhibition for journalists seeking further information, including a checklist, images, and related events and programs. Please visit


Exhibition Sponsorship

American Visions: 1870-1940, Works from the Bank of America Collection is provided by the Bank of America Art in our Communities program. This exhibition is made possible at the Montclair Art Museum with generous support from Thomas and Karen Buckley, Bob and Bobbie Constable, Tracy Higgins and James Leitner, Adrian A. Shelby and Edward Bindel, and Margo and Frank Walter.

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