Masterpieces from European Artist Colonies, 1830-1930 from Public & Private European Art Collections
This exhibition was presented in cooperation with the European Federation of Artists Colonies, EuroArt
February 8 – May 22, 2005
Artist colonies are credited with changing the tradition of western painting by moving artists out of the studio and into nature, as they worked “en plein air.” This shift led to the development of other significant art movements such as impressionism, realism, symbolism, surrealism and expressionism. This exhibition included more than 70 paintings which have never before been exhibited in the United States. The works, gathered from 23 private and public collections in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands and Switzerland, represent 16 artist colonies. The exhibition included works by such well-known artists as Camille Corot, Anna Ancher, Camille Pissaro and Paul Klee, as well as many other artists familiar to European audiences, and whom many American visitors were thrilled to discover.
Director of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art Lloyd Nick selected works with the assistance of Dr. Emke Raassen-Kruimel, of the Singer Laaren Museum in the Netherlands, and Dr. Claus Pese, of the Germanisches National Museum in Nuremberg, Germany. The European consul generals in Atlanta and the Parliament of the European Union were among the important exhibition supporters.