‘Artist’s Garden’ looks at impressionist painters

BRATTLEBORO — Latchis Arts' popular new program Exhibition on Screen, featuring compelling documentary films about artists and their work, continues Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, at 4 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre, with The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism.

Working with the top international museums and galleries, Exhibition on Screen films intertwine exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with artist biographies to offer a cinematic immersion in the world's best-loved art.

The Artist's Garden tells the intertwining stories of American Impressionism and The Garden Movement, which flourished from 1887-1920. Both movements responded to rapid social change brought about by industrialization.

Admission is $12 general, $6 for students. Running time is 90 minutes.

According to a news release, The Artist's Garden follows the popular exhibition “The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920,” on its journey from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to the “home” of the movement, Florence Griswold's colony at Old Lyme, Conn.

Famed as a “place for high thinking and low living,” the colony attracted a host of influential painters, including Henry Ward Ranger and Willard Metcalf. Audiences will also be transported to Appledore Island, run by poet Clia Thaxter, where pre-eminent impressionist Childe Hassam produced 300 works over three decades.

The film reveals how Thaxter and other American women saw the garden not only as a beautiful oasis but an important political space for women. It offers a unique opportunity to get up close to the greatest examples of American Impressionism, and to understand the unique cultural moment in which they were produced.

The Exhibition on Screen series at the Latchis concludes for this season on June 17 and 18 at 4 p.m., with Michelangelo: Love and Death. A bold new biography of one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, the film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and charts his immense artistic practice, including painting, sculpture, and architecture.

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