Arts Everyday Living: The Last Days of Summer, Some Memories–An Impressionist Fairy Tale

John Henryt Twachtman, On the Terrace, 1890-1900, oil on canvas, 25 1/4 in. x 30 1/8 inches, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929


Title: On the Terrace

Artist: John H. Twachtman (1853-1902)

Have we entered a dream? A fantasy garden in which we might spend a leisurely afternoon—our only companions, an  enchanting group of a mother and her children, dressed in the purest white. Just beyond, a storybook cottage nestles under an arbor of emerald green. Will we be invited in?

This work, ON THE TERRACE, was painted by John  Henry Twachtman, an American artist and contemporary of Monet. Like Monet, Twachtman was an Impressionist producing a wealth of landscapes, many of them set in Greenwich, Connecticut which became his home for a number of years. Despite the fairy tale splendor of the painting, Twachtment is best known for his interpretations of a colder time of year in such painitngs as WINTER HARMONY and SNOWBOUND.





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