Impressionism had two main American imitators, both of whose works will be displayed at the Norton Museum of Art today next to those of French masters Monet, Courbet, and Pissarro. One of the Yanks, John Singer Sargent, was a renowned portraitist. In contrast to the French, he often painted photo-realistic scenes that have the dream aura of impressionism, but not the blurriness. Sargents style even hints at Pop Art. Warhol said Sargent made everybody look glamorous. Taller. Thinner. But they all have mood.
Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism runs through May 10. Admission is $8 or less. Get to the Norton Museum of Art at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-832-5196, or visit norton.org.
Feb. 7-May 10, 2009