THROUGH AN IMPRESSIONIST’S EYES
PARADISE IN THE BACKYARD
In my mind I have finer pictures than ever before. Ten thousand pictures come and go every day and those are the only complete pictures painted, pictures that shall never be polluted by paint and canvas.
John Henry Twachtman*
Like Claude Monet, American Impressionist John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902) created a garden paradise in the backyard of his home near Greenwich, Connecticut. A considerable percentage of Twachtman’s body of works were done there including the painting above. However, it would be John Alden, the artist’s son and painter himself, who would actually complete it after his father’s premature death at 49.
*From Words of Art: Inspiring Quotes from the Masters
Source: Visions of Home: American Impressionist Images of Suburban Leisure and Country Comfort by Lisa N. Peters, The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1997.
The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.