Impressionism/Ashcan

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Francis Brooks Chadwick
The Bridge at Grez-sur-Loing in Springtime, 1887
Oil on canvas
40 x 60 inches


Signed at lower right: F Chadwick

William Gerdts identifies the present work as “a painting that really encapsulates Impressionism at Grez” [Gerdts, Impressions: Americans in France, p. 16]. Its sprawling scale incorporates the arches of the famous bridge, a centerpiece to the growing colony, as well as to the Grez compositions of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and Chadwick’s contemporary Robert Vonnoh [see The Bridge at Grez-sur-Loing, currier Art Gallery, New Hampshire; Robert Vonnoh, The Bridge at Grez, (1907-11), Metropolitan Museum of Art]. The brushstrokes masterfully alternate between checks of bright color and a generous use of a dry-brush scumble that Monet would later exploit to great success in his large-scale paintings.

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