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"Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore"
2001-06-17 until 2001-09-16
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
From about 1890 to 1920, the Cos Cob area of Greenwich, Connecticut, was the testing ground for
American Impressionist artists. Cos Cob was home to a lively art colony, where painters Childe
Hassam, Theodore Robinson, John Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir experimented with new styles and
They challenged artistic conventions and benefited from the stimulus of the writers, editors, and
journalists who were also members of the art colony.
The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore is the first exhibition to explore one
of America's oldest and most famous art colonies. More than 60 works by 12 artists are featured. Among
the masterworks are Robinson's The Anchorage, Cos Cob (1894), Twachtman's Sailing in the Mist
(c. 1895), and Hassam's Bowl of Goldfish (1912). The exhibition also includes the MFAH's pastel by
Childe Hassam, Woodchopper (1902).
The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore was organized by the National
Academy of Design, New York, N.Y. Major support for the exhibition was provided by the Robert
Lehman Foundation and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. Additional support was provided by the F.
Donald Kenney Foundation; the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard J.
Schwartz. Funding in Houston was generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long; Frank and
Cathy Hevrdejs; Dr. Mavis P. Kelsey, Sr.; the William S. and Lora Jean Kilroy Foundation; and Ann