Impressionism and love of gardening serendipitously developed at the same time in the United States, 100 or so ago, resulting in such irresistible works as those on view at the Taft Museum of Art in The American Impressionists in the Garden through May 15. Flowers all but burst out of the canvas in paintings by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson and others, and four bronze sculptures designed for gardens are also in the show.
Garden design was a new venture here and people's out-of-doors pleasures increased just as painters developed the palette to record them in joyous color. If spring has been on-again/off-again in Cincinnati this year, it is rushing into summer in this delightful exhibition, free to Taft Museum members ($13 for non-member adults, $10 for students and seniors or, on Sundays when admission to the museum is free, the show is $5 adults, $4 students and seniors). In the historic house's Keystone Gallery a small companion show displays American Impressionism in Cincinnati Collections.
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