‘American Impressionism’ opens April 29 at city Museum of Art

41 paintings by American Impressionists will be on loan from West Virginia musem


The Las Cruces Museum of Art (MOA) will host “American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection,” Friday, April 29 to Saturday, July 23.

The collection includes 41 paintings by American Impressionists that were originally part of the private collection of Arthur Dayton and Ruth Woods Dayton. The Daytons collected American Impressionist artwork that they felt captured the essence of contemporary American life.

From the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia, the collection “showcases work from a transitional time in American art, approximately 1890s through the 1910s, when artists abandoned the rigors of academic styles and subjects,” the City of Las Cruces said in a news release. “They turned instead to intimate scenes of the cultivated countryside and figure studies of friends and neighbors. These subjects reflected the more modern art influences of the French-based Barbizon School, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.”

Among the notable artists featured in the exhibition are Robert Henri, George Inness, George Luks, Homer Dodge Martin, Gari Melchers, John Sloan, John Twachtman and J. Alden Weir.

MOA, 491 N. Main St. Downtown, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1.

For additional information, call 575-541-2137. Visit www.las-cruces.org/Museums or call 575-541-2137.