Impressionism exhibit opens at the Blanton Museum

Oller_RoyalPalm (2)Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller (1833–1917) spent his life going back and forth between the tiny art community of his hometown San Juan and the cultural capitals of Europe.

Ambitious, Oller befriend the likes of artistic geniuses of the time including Monet, Cézanne and Pissaro as well as burnished his own painterly abilities which he then brought back to Puerto Rico.

Now comes the traveling exhibit “Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World.”

Organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the exhibit offers historical, geographic, and cultural context for Oller’s work alongside paintings by 19th-century masters Cézanne, Monet, Winslow Homer, Camille Pissarro and others.

And the Blanton’s presentation also includes a small selection of works by contemporaneous Texas artists working on both sides of the Atlantic

“Impressionism and the Caribbean” opens June 14 and continues through Sept. 6

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  www.blantonmuseum.org.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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