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Approaching Modernism: Impressionism, Realism and the Picturesque in Newport


The strains of modernism entered Newport slowly, most often through the influences of Bostonians and New Yorkers who came for the summers. The advent of the Art Association of Newport in 1912 introduced local audiences to the work of contemporary American artists—and introduced some of them to Newport. But it was through the efforts of Anna Falconnet Hunter (1855-1941), a native Newporter, that some of the city’s first encounters with modernism occurred. This two-part lecture explores Hunter’s connections as well as the influences of the Boston School of Painters and the New York realists in Newport.

Instructor Biography

 Nancy Whipple Grinnell is curator emerita of the Newport Art Museum, where she served for 18 years. She oversaw all curatorial affairs, developed numerous museum catalogs and wrote a biography of the Museum’s founder titled, “Carrying the Torch: Maud Howe Elliott and the American Renaissance.” Nancy currently chairs the collections committee at the Providence Art Club, where she has co-curated an exhibition on historical women artists of Providence. She has organized exhibitions for the Gilbert Stuart Museum on Edward M. Bannister, George Whitaker and Mabel Woodward and produced a catalog on Matunuck’s Hale family artists. Nancy holds a degree in art history from the University of Pittsburgh, an MLS from Simmons College and an MA in American civilization from Brown University.

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