Lyme Art Colony works go on display July 18

OLD LYME, Conn.—The Florence Griswold Museum, the Home of American Impressionism, in Old Lyme, Conn., has announced its summer exhibition. Lyme in Mind: The Clement C. Moore Collection will be on view July 18-Oct. 18, 2009, celebrating the promised gift of an extraordinary group of paintings to the Florence Griswold Museum by trustee Clement C. Moore.

This collection, which features major works by the most notable members of the Lyme Art Colony, including Childe Hassam, William Chadwick, Frank Vincent DuMond, Edmund Greacen, Harry Hoffman, Willard Metcalf, Ivan Olinsky, and Henry Ward Ranger, have never been shown publicly. Seen together, these works convey the collector’s personal and deeply felt appreciation for the Connecticut landscape, an affinity he shared with the Lyme Art Colony painters.

Moore, who began assembling his collection in the 1980s, says he is drawn to paintings in which “the artist understands it as you do.”

“Many of his pictures are meditative scenes of the New England landscape that he has come to love as an outdoorsman,” says Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing. In addition to paintings that depict local motifs beloved by the art colony painters, such as the Bow Bridge on the Lieutenant River and mountain laurel in bloom, Moore’s collection comprises works that Hassam, Rook, and Charles Ebert undertook at New England vacation resorts such as Newport, Rhode Island, and Monhegan Island in Maine—places frequented by American Impressionists in their quest for plein air painting spots.

In Trinity Church, Newport, Hassam approaches the landmark building quietly from the back, where its distinctive steeple rises amid a quaint cluster of rooflines and old-fashioned flower gardens. While its subject is more modern, William Chadwick’s The Orange Bridge marries technology—an iron trestle—with the surrounding landscape to produce a delicate balance between man and nature.

Visitors can read Moore’s thoughts on collecting on select object panels, while a conversation between the collector and Curator Amy Kurtz Lansing is featured in the accompanying catalog.

Located on an 11-acre site in the historic village of Old Lyme, the Florence Griswold Museum is known as the Home of American Impressionism. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, where the artists of the Lyme Art Colony lived, the Museum features a riverfront gallery for changing art exhibitions, education center, extensive gardens, and a restored artist’s studio.

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Conn., exit 70 off I-95 and is open year round Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for students, and free to children 12 and under.

For more information, visit the Museum’s Web site or call 860-434-5542 x111.