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AMSET presents Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke and Color, 1885-1935

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:53 am

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 26

On view: September 27, 2013 through January 5, 2014

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke and Color, 1885-1935, a vibrant group exhibition organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and on view Sept. 27, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014 showcasing Texas artists who contributed to American Impressionism.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 at AMSET where Michael R. Grauer, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, will participate in a gallery talk.

Grauer will discuss what characteristics distinguish Texas Impressionist painting from other artwork from the same period emphasizing the historical context of the paintings and key artists featured in the exhibition. At the end of his talk, there will be a question and answer period.

True Impressionist paintings use pure prismatic colors (including pastel colors); short, active brushstrokes; are done or started en plein air; depict scenes of casual, everyday life; use plunging perspectives, cropped forms, and asymmetrical juxtapositions of crowded forms and emptiness inspired and adapted from photography and Asian art. This exhibition is comprised of more than 100 paintings created by Texas artists — regardless of locale or subject — branded with their own unique brushstroke and color.

The artists whose work will be featured include: Julian Onderdonk, Robert Onderdonk, Jose Arpa, Edward G. Eisenlohr, Ella Koepke Mewhinney, Seymour Thomas, Lucien Abrams, E. Richardson Cherry, Frank Reaugh and many others.

Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke and Color, 1885-1935 is organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and made possible, in part, by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harriet Garth, Mary Jane Garth with Lee Ann & Terry Garth, Goodyear-Beaumont Chemical, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the late Dorothy Anne Conn, Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust, and C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

For more information on the exhibition or reception, visit or call (409) 832-3432.

Through unique collections, exhibitions, public programs and outreach in the visual arts, the mission of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas is to provide education, inspiration and creative vision throughout Southeast Texas.

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